The surname Comis is thought to be a local
name; that is, a surname derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signified emigration from one place to another, but did not necessarily denote nobility. The Comis family most likely took on this surname from the city of Como, in Lombardy
. The name Como is also thought to have been a shortened form of the name Giacomo, the Italian equivalent to James.
Early Origins of the Comis family
The surname Comis was first found in at Como, a city and comune in Lombardy
, Italy, the administrative capital of the Province of Como. It was originally a Roman colony, was home to Bishop Saint Felix of Como (d. ca.
390 AD,) and later became an independent commune. The first of the name on record appears to be Elia Como of Padua province, who was the mayor of Castelbardo in 1489.
Early History of the Comis family
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Comis Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Como, Comi, Comello, Comelli, Comèl, Comellini, Comelini, Comellato, Comiti, Comitti, Comici, Cominazzo, Cuomo, Cometto, Cometti, Comino, Comini, Comotti, Comolli and many more.
Early Notables of the Comis family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Girolamo Comi, a painter born in Modena in 1507, whose works can still be seen today in London, Milan, and around Italy; Antonio Cometto and Domenico Benedetto Cometto, brothers and prominent architects from Ticino, around 1550; Leonardo... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Comis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Comis family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Rocco Cuomo, age 31, who came to New York on Jan. 12, 1884, aboard the "Indipendente"; Giulio Comi, age 24, who arrived in New York on March 5, 1885, aboard the ".
Contemporary Notables of the name Comis (post 1700)
- Epifanio Comis (b. 1968), Italian concert pianist and conductor