This surname of COMPORT was of two-fold origin. It was a nickname or given name from the Middle English word CUMFORT, meaning 'strengthening'. The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form CONFORTARE. It was also a habitation name from a lost place, possibly COMPORTS, near Birling in Kent, or COMPWORTHY, near Oxted in County Surrey. The name is also spelt COMFORT and was in fact frequently spelt in this manner in the Middle Ages. In the Domesday Book of 1086, the County of Kent is represented by one COMFORT and four COMPORTS. Other records of the name mention Richard CUMFORT of County Oxford, who was recorded in 1273, and a certain William CUMFORT (grocer) was documented during the reign of Henry VI. (1422-1461). The Norman Conquest in England in the year of 1066 revolutionized our personal nomenclature. The old English name system was gradually broken up and old English names became less common and were replaced by new names from the continent. Most of the early documents dealt with the upper classes who realised that an additional name added prestige and practical advantage to their status. Names of peasants rarely occurred in medieval documents. In 1086 the compilation of the Domesday Book was ordered by William the Conqueror (1027-87), king of England from 1066. He was born in Falaise, the bastard son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, by Arlette, a tanner's daughter. On his father's death in 1035, the nobles accepted him as a duke. When Edward the Confessor, King of England died in 1066, William invaded England that Autumn, on 14th October, 1066 killing Harold (who had assumed the title of King). English government under William assumed a more feudal aspect, the King's tenants-in-chief and all title to land was derived from his grants, and the Domesday Book contains details of the land settlements, and the names of the owners of such. Later instances of the name include Abraham COMEFORT and Kathern Mitchell, who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1665, and Edward Edwards wed Jane COMPORT at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1794.
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