Count History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Count is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who held the noble title of Count. Such names were also occasionally bestowed as nicknames on those of undeservedly haughty or regal bearing.

Early Origins of the Count family

The surname Count was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Count family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Count research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1225, 1327, 1293, 1262, 1769 and 1802 are included under the topic Early Count History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Count Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Count have been found, including Countesse, Cunte, Conte, Counte, Contesse, Count, Comitissa and many more.

Early Notables of the Count family (pre 1700)

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Count migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Count Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Count, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Thomas Lord" arriving in New Zealand in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Count (post 1700)

  • Patrick Count Darcy (1725-1779), Irish Mathematician and French soldier who became a Chevalier and Maréchal-de-camp in France
  • Count Aeneas Sylvius de Caprara (1631-1701), Austrian Field Marshal during the Nine Years' War
  • Count Fyodor Petrovich Litke (1797-1882), Russian navigator, geographer, and Arctic explorer
  • Count Aldo Maria Brachetti- Peretti (b. 1932), Italian businessmen from a prominent family in Marche, Chairman of the Italian company, API Group
  • Count Gustave de Galard (1777-1840), French painter and designer
  • Count Grigory Grigoryevich Orlov (1734-1783), the favorite of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia who presumably fathered her son
  • Count Eigil Knuth (1903-1996), Danish explorer, archaeologist, sculptor and writer
  • Count Primo Magri (1849-1920), who also used the name Count Rosebud, stage names of a 19th-century Italian dwarf
  • Count Berthold von Imhoff (1868-1939), German artist known for his religious murals and paintings in Canada and the United States
  • Count Phlippe de Pret Roose de Carlsberg (1908-1983), Belgian bobsledder who competed at the 1936 Winter Olympics


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
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