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Noble surnames, such as Contois, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Contois, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful province of Bourgoigne. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Contois family originally lived in the region of Franche-Comté. They derived their surname from the second element of the place-name.
The surname Contois was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this distinguished family was established in early times.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Comté, Conté, Comtet, Contet, Comtois, Contois and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Contois research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1755, 1803, and 1805 are included under the topic Early Contois History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Contois Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Contois Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
The Contois Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Contois Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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