Count


Count
Recorded as Le Compte, Compte, Le Conte, Leconte, Conte, Le Count, Count, and others, this interesting surname is of ancient French origins. It is or was, in most instances a medieval nickname of occupation for an actor, one who played the part of a count or nobleman in the famous travelling theatres of those times, or it may possibly in the first instance have referred to an actual count, as in the first known recording below, or again more likely it was satirical, and given to someone thought to behave in an aristocratic fashion! The derivation is from the pre 7th century Old French word "conte", from the Latin word "comes" meaning comrade. It is an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to occupation, or to a variety of physical, mental, and moral characteristics. Examples of recordings taken from surviving early church registers include Andrieu, son of Michiel Le Conte, christened on February 25th 1617, at Conde-Sur-L'escaut, departement of Nord, France, and in the city of London the marriage of Andrew Le Conte and Mary Cassy on December 23rd 1694, at St. James church, Duke's Place, Westminster, and the christening of Anne Le Count, the daughter of Lovis Le Count, at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on April 24th 1687. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph le Conte. This was dated 1196, in the Pipe Rolls of Durham, during the reign of King Richard 1st of England, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • count — n: charge; specif: a charge (as in a complaint or indictment) that separately states a cause of action or esp. offense guilty on all count s Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • count — Ⅰ. count [1] ► VERB 1) determine the total number of. 2) recite numbers in ascending order. 3) take into account; include. 4) regard or be regarded as possessing a quality or fulfilling a role: people she had counted as her friends. 5) be… …   English terms dictionary

  • Count — Count, n. [F. conte and compte, with different meanings, fr. L. computus a computation, fr. computare. See {Count}, v. t.] 1. The act of numbering; reckoning; also, the number ascertained by counting. [1913 Webster] Of blessed saints for to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • count — count1 [kount] vt. [ME counten < OFr conter < L computare,COMPUTE] 1. to name numbers in regular order to (a certain number) [to count five] 2. to add up, one by one, by units or groups, so as to get a total [count the money] 3. to check by …   English World dictionary

  • Count — 〈[ kaʊnt] m. 6; in England〉 1. Titel der nichtengl. Grafen; →a. Earl 2. Inhaber dieses Titels [engl., „Graf“] * * * Count [ka̮unt ], der; s, s [engl. count < frz. comte, ↑ Comte]: 1. <o. Pl.> …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Count — (kount), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Counted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Counting}.] [OF. conter, and later (etymological spelling) compter, in modern French thus distinguished; conter to relate (cf. {Recount}, {Account}), compter to count; fr. L. computuare to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • count — vb 1 Count, tell, enumerate, number are comparable when they mean to ascertain the total of units in a collection by noting one after another or one group after another. Count (see also RELY) implies computation of a total by assigning to each… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Count — Count, v. i. 1. To number or be counted; to possess value or carry weight; hence, to increase or add to the strength or influence of some party or interest; as, every vote counts; accidents count for nothing. [1913 Webster] This excellent man …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • count — [n] tally; number calculation, computation, enumeration, numbering, outcome, poll, reckoning, result, sum, toll, total, whole; concept 766 Ant. estimate, guess count [v1] add, check in order add up, calculate, cast, cast up, cipher, compute,… …   New thesaurus


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