Conte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Conti derives from the word "conte," which is itself derived from the Latin comes "comitis," which literally means companion and was then defined as a servant in the retinue of a king or emperor. The term "count" had already become defined as a high-ranking dignitary by the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Conte family
The surname Conte was first found in the cities of Ferrara, Venice, Milan, Pavia, Assisi, Bologna, and Padua. Contarini is one of the founding families of Venice and one of the oldest families of the Italian Nobility. One of the oldest records of the family was Marco Aurelio Contarini, Roman Consul elected at Padua, took part in the third Consular Triumvirate of Rialto, from 425 to 426. From this early beginning, the family had a long list of positions of authority including: Marco Aurelio Contarini, one of 12 Tribunes who elected the first Doge in 697; Luigi Contarini, Procurator of San Marco in 864; Antonio Contarini, Procurator of San Marco in 865 and many more.
Early History of the Conte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Conte research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1099, 1206, 1308, 1585, 1593, 1580, 1656, 1655, 1656, 1601, 1684, 1677, 1749, 1681 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Conte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Conte Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Conti, Conte, Cont, Cunto, Cunti, Contessa, Del Conte, Lo Conte, Loconte, Li Conti, Liconti, Contiello, Contini, Contino, Contìn, Contarelli, Contareno, Contarini, Contilli, Continelli, Continoli, Conticelli, Conticello, Conticini and many more.
Early Notables of the Conte family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Conte, Cardinal of Milan in 1099; Ardiccione and Bartolomeo Conte, Bishops in Modena and Novara, respectively; Bernardo Conte, "president" of Turin around this time; Federico Contarelli, head of the Guelph faction in Ferrara in 1206; Matteo Contarelli considered the wisest man in the law courts of the day; Alessandro Contareno brought his family to Ferrara from Venice 1308, commencing a line of respected scientists, authors, and artists who brought prestige to Ferrara and to the Contareno name; the Contarini family in Venice was considered one of the 12 top families in the noble class...
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Conte migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Conte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ralph Conte, who landed in Virginia in 1650 
- Alex Conte, who landed in Virginia in 1658 
- Anthony Conte, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 
Conte Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Conte, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729 
- Marie Conte, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 
Conte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jean C Conte, aged 36, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 
- Nicolas Conte, who arrived in New Spain in 1876 
- Ferdinando Conte, who landed at New York from Palermo January 7, 1881
- Baldain Conte and Nicolo Loconte, who arrived on SS Olympia from Naples at the Port of New York on 25 July 1896
Conte migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Conte Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Miss. Ellen Conte, aged 6 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Odessa" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 4th September 1847 
- Mr. Samuel Conte, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Odessa" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on 19th August 1847 
Contemporary Notables of the name Conte (post 1700) +
- Steve Conte, American singer and rock musician and lead singer of the band The Contes
- Silvio Ottavio Conte (1921-1991), American politician, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives
- Nicholas Peter "Richard" Conte (1910-1975), American actor who appeared in numerous films from the 1940s through 1970s, including I'll Cry Tomorrow and The Godfather
- James D. "Jim" Conte (b. 1959), American politician, Republican New York State Assemblyman for the 10th District (1988 to 2012)
- Antonio Conte, Italian Olympian who won gold for fencing during the 1900 games
- Antonio Conte (b. 1969), Italian former footballer, and now manager
- Alison Conte Cerutti (b. 1986), Brazilian two-time gold and silver medalist beach volleyball player
- Conte Carlo Antonio Manzini (1599-1677), Italian astronomer and mathematician
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 21)