The history of the name Comptiss begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was a name for 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.
Early Origins of the Comptiss family
The surname Comptiss was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Comptiss family
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Comptiss Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Comptiss are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Comptiss include: Countesse, Cunte, Conte, Counte, Contesse, Count, Comitissa and many more.
Early Notables of the Comptiss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Comptiss family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Comptiss or a variant listed above: Barnet Counts who sailed to Philadelphia in 1732 and William Counts to Delaware in 1803.