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The ancient roots of the Combs family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Combs comes from when the family lived in a small valley; the surname Combs 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 Combs 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.

Combs Early Origins



The surname Combs was 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Today Combs is a small village in Derbyshire and a hamlet in Suffolk.

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Combs Spelling Variations


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Combs Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Combs has appeared include 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.

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Combs Early History


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Combs Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Combs research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1651, 1586, 1667, 1616 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Combs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Combs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Combs Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Combs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Combs arrived in North America very early:

Combs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Combs, who landed in Maryland in 1655
  • Mary Combs, who landed in Maryland in 1659
  • George Combs, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1659
  • Martha Combs, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • Richard Combs, who arrived in Hempstead, NY in 1690

Combs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Combs settled in Trinity in 1773
  • Alexander Combs, who arrived in New York in 1796

Combs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A G Combs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Samuel Combs, who arrived in Virginia in 1861
  • Benjamin Combs, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Combs Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Combs U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783; part of the Cape Ann Association [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Samuel Combs U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Dennis Combs, "Comb" U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Combs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Combs arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ann Wilson" in 1857
  • David Combs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • Margaret Combs, aged 29, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lauderdale" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Combs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Combs (post 1700)



  • Merrill Russell "Merl" Combs (1919-1981), American Major League Baseball shortstop (1947 to 1952)
  • Raymond Neil "Ray" Combs (1956-1996), American television game show host and stand-up comedian
  • Holly Marie Combs (b. 1973), American actress, recipient of the Young Artist Award
  • Rodney Combs (b. 1950), American NASCAR driver
  • Jeffrey Combs (b. 1954), American character actor
  • Earle Combs (1899-1976), American center fielder and Baseball Hall of Fame member

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Suggested Readings for the name Combs


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Suggested Readings for the name Combs



  • Combs Family by Patricia Combs O'Dell.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Combs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Combs 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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