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Where did the French Comtois family come from? What is the French Comtois family crest and coat of arms? When did the Comtois family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Comtois family history?

Noble surnames, such as Comtois, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Comtois, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful province of Bourgoigne. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Comtois family originally lived in the region of Franche-Comté. They derived their surname from the second element of the place-name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Comté, Conté, Comtet, Contet, Comtois, Contois and others.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this distinguished family was established in early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Comtois research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1755, 1803, and 1805 are included under the topic Early Comtois History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Comtois Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Comtois Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean DeLaCreuse Comtois, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Jean Comtois, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719

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  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  8. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  10. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
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The Comtois Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Comtois Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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