Last name origins & meanings:
- Greek: nickname for a short man, from kontos ‘short’;
also a reduced form of any of various surnames formed with
Konto- as a prefix, e.g. Kontogiannis ‘short John’.
- Hungarian (Köntös): from köntös
‘gown’, ‘short fur coat’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a
furrier or a maker of coats.
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