The name Counter is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was 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 Counter family
The surname Counter was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Counter family
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Counter Spelling Variations
Counter has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Counter have been found, including Countesse, Cunte, Conte, Counte, Contesse, Count, Comitissa and many more.
Early Notables of the Counter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Counter family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Counters to arrive on North American shores: Barnet Counts who sailed to Philadelphia in 1732 and William Counts to Delaware in 1803.