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Where did the Irish Comfort family come from? What is the Irish Comfort family crest and coat of arms? When did the Comfort family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Comfort family history?

The 12th century Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. The surname Comfort came to Ireland from England at that time. It came originally from the name of a village in Staffordshire, and as such belongs to the category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Comfort revealed many spelling variations including Comerford, Comfort, Comport, Comberford, Cummerford, Cumerford, Commerford, Cumfort, Cumport, Comfurt, Compart, Cumberford and many more.

First found in Kent, England before making its way to Ireland. The name has become almost nonexistent in England. There are Domesday references to the surname in Kent. Later, just over a century later the name moved to Oxfordshire, and Staffordshire, where there is a village of Comerford. In the year 1210, soon after the invasion of Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, in 1172, the Comerfords were granted land in Kilkenny and Wexford, in Ireland. The family is listed as 'New Settlers' who joined Strongbow and got large grants of land in the County of Wexford.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Comfort research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1599, 1558, 1604, 1585, 1586, 1625, 1652, 1762 and 1832 are included under the topic Early Comfort History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 157 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Comfort Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Comfort:

Comfort Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Andrew Comfort, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762
  • John Comfort, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762

Comfort Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Comfort settled in Philadelphia in 1839

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  • Alexander Comfort, Medical Biologist, poet and novelist, California
  • Joe Comfort (1917-1988), American jazz bassist
  • Jane Comfort, American choreographer, director, and dancer
  • George Fisk Comfort (1833-1910), 19th century American scholar and art exponent
  • Nathaniel C. Comfort, American historian specialising in the history of biology
  • Dr. Charles Comfort (1900-1994), Canadian painter, sculptor, teacher and writer
  • Anthony Francis Comfort, H.M. Diplomatic Service
  • Ray Comfort (b. 1949), New Zealand-born, Christian minister and evangelist
  • Lance Comfort (1908-1966), English film director and producer


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: So ho ho dea ne
Motto Translation: God will perform it.

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  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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The Comfort Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Comfort Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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