Comes is a typically Apulian surname, from Bari and Monopoli in particular, with significant presences also in Polignano A Mare in the Bari area, Ostuni and Francavilla Fontana in the Brindisi area and Castellaneta and Manduria in the Taranto area, Comita, almost unique with a scarce presence in Campania and in Calabria, Comite has a stock in Rome, one in Salerno at Agropoli and Ogliastro Cilento and in Naples and one in Crosia, Rossano and Caloveto in the Cosenza area, Comiti has a Ligurian and a Sardinian stock in the area of La Maddalena in Sassari, Comitini is specific of Ragusa and Ragusa, Vittoria and Coimiso, Comitino is practically unique, Comito has a Roman, a Calabrian and a Sicilian one between Palermo and Ennese, they should derive, directly or through hypocorisms, from the Latin term comes, comitis appears, but also count), both used as a name in medieval times, and as an attribute of the name (see COMITANGELO). An example of this use is found in Lipari in this Papal Bull of 1375: "... Item Nobilis Antonyus de Comito dictus Bacalar capitaneus civitatis Liparensis recepit fructus redditus, et proventus ínsulae annuatim circa sexaginta uncías ... ".
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