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.
from ancient times.
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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 Countess have been found, including Countesse, Cunte, Conte, Counte, Contesse, Count, Comitissa and many more.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Countess surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Barnet Counts who sailed to Philadelphia in 1732 and William Counts to Delaware in 1803.