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

The name Counter is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who held the noble title of Count. Such names were also occasionally bestowed as nicknames on those of undeservedly haughty or regal bearing.

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Counter has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Countesse, Cunte, Conte, Counte, Contesse, Count, Comitissa and many more.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Counter research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1225, 1327, 1293, 1262, 1769 and 1802 are included under the topic Early Counter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Counters to arrive on North American shores: Barnet Counts who sailed to Philadelphia in 1732 and William Counts to Delaware in 1803.

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  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Counter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Counter 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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