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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : from Middle High German kost ‘provisions’, ‘board’, ‘livelihood’, but in some cases probably a shortened form of Kostenbader.
  • German : habitational name from a place so named in Tyrol.
  • Dutch : from a reduced vernacular form of the personal name Konstant or Konstantin (see Constant, Constantine).

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