The name Comtiss is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Comtiss was a name used 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 Comtiss family
The surname Comtiss was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Comtiss family
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Comtiss Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Comtiss include Countesse, Cunte, Conte, Counte, Contesse, Count, Comitissa and many more.
Early Notables of the Comtiss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Comtiss family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Comtiss were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Barnet Counts who sailed to Philadelphia in 1732 and William Counts to Delaware in 1803.