Early Origins of the Conter family
The surname Conter was first found in Shropshire
(Salop) where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor at Condover. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands and large village of Condover were held by Earl Roger and Roger Venator who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Conter family
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Conter Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Conter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Conter family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Conter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Pierre Conter, who settled in South Carolina in 1812
- Nikolaus Conter, who arrived in San Francisco in 1857