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Contessa 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 Contessa family


The surname Contessa was first found in the cities of Ferrara, Venice, Milan, Pavia, Assisi, Bologna, and Padua.

Early History of the Contessa family


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Another 157 words (11 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 Contessa History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Contessa 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 Contessa 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...
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Migration of the Contessa family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Baldain Conte and Nicolo Loconte, who arrived on S.S. Olympia from Naples at the Port of New York on 25 July 1896; Ferdinando Conte, who landed at New York from Palermo January 7, 1881 aboard the S.S. Vincenzo Florio.

Contemporary Notables of the name Contessa (post 1700)


  • Gary C. Contessa (b. 1957), American horse trainer in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing
  • Adam Contessa (b. 1976), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1997 to 2001

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