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The Counce surname is derived from the Anglo-Norman French "counseil," meaning "consultation," or "deliberation."It is thought to have originally been a nickname for a wise or thoughtful man, or it may also have been an occupational name for a member of a royal or manorial council.

Early Origins of the Counce family


The surname Counce was first found in Berkshire, where the name appeared in the early 13th century. The Counce name is of somewhat uncertain origin. It comes from the old French word "conseil," meaning "council." It is probably of nickname origin, having been given to one who was wise, or fancied himself wise, and often gave advice or council to others. It could also have been of occupational origin, for one who offered council for a living, or of anecdotal origin, because the first bearer offered advice on an important situation or to an important person at one time.

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Early History of the Counce family

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Early History of the Counce family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Counce research.
Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1208 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Counce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Counce Spelling Variations

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Counce Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Councel, Councell, Council, Counsel, Counsell, Consell, Cunseil and many more.

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Early Notables of the Counce family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Counce family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Counce family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Counce family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Counsil, who arrived in Mobile, Alabama in 1858; as well as James Counsell, who arrived in Kansas in 1886.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Counce (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Counce (post 1700)


  • Dan Counce (1951-1974), retired American soccer player, member of the United States National Team (1974-1976)
  • Curtis Counce (1926-1963), American hard bop and West Coast jazz double bassist

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