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Where did the English Coombs family come from? What is the English Coombs family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coombs family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coombs family history?The lineage of the name Coombs begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in a small valley; the surname Coombs is often derived from the Old English word cumb, which means valley. In this case, it belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. Alternately, the surname Coombs may be derived from residence in one of the many places called Comb, Combe, or Coombe. In this case, it belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Coombs has undergone many spelling variations, including Coombe, Combs, Coombs, Comes, Combes, Combe, Coombes, Cumbe, Coumbes, Coames, Coambes, Cumbes, Cumes, Cummes, Cume, Coomes, Coames, Cooms, Coumes, Coume, Cooms, Coom, Coomb, Comb and many more.
First found in Devon where Richard de la Coombe held estates in that county in the year 1194. The name also found in the Feet of Fines of Somerset in 1269 where the entry Alan in la Cumbe was found. Robert atte Cumbe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296, and Thomas de Combe was listed in the Assize Rolls of Kent in the year 1317.  Today Combs is a small village in Derbyshire and a hamlet in Suffolk.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coombs research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1651, 1586, 1667, 1616 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Coombs History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coombs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Coombs were among those contributors:
Coombs Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Coombs Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Coombs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coombs 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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