In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the Comman family were born. Their name comes from a Breton personal name
. Comman is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. This surname comes from a Breton personal name
, which contained the first component, cam,
which means bent or crooked. The name came to England
with the Norman settlers after William the Conqueror's success at the Battle of Hastings. It was not long, however, before many members of the Comman family became dissatisfied with William's rule. In rebellion, many of them fled north, into Scotland
, where they were granted lands by King Malcolm Canmore. In Scotland, this family settled in the county of Northumberland
, beginning in 1070.
Early Origins of the Comman family
The surname Comman was first found in Norfolk
, and Yorkshire
, in the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert of Comyn (Comines,) (died 1069) was a noble who accompanied William the Conqueror and was made Earl of Northumberland
. "He so commended himself to the king by his military skill that he was chosen at the end of 1068 for the difficult task of reducing the north of England
to obedience. William I conferred on him the earldom of Northumberland
, vacant by the flight of Gospatric. Comin was the founder of the family of Comyn, many of whom played an important part in the history of Scotland." CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Later, John Comyn (Cumyn) (c. 1215-1275) was Lord of Badenoch in Scotland and justiciar of Galloway in 1258. He founded and started the construction of Blair Castle with a tower in 1269. He was nephew of Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan, Constable of Scotland, and of Walter Comyn, Earl of Mentieth.
Early History of the Comman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Comman research.Another 456 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1153, 1133, 1302, 1296, 1306, 1274, 1300, 1289, 1258, 1289, 1275, 1289, 1263, 1266, 1264, 1266, 1286, 1289, 1150, 1212, 1180, 1212, 1189 and are included under the topic Early Comman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Comman Spelling Variations
In various documents Comman has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.
Early Notables of the Comman family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was John Comyn (died 1274), was justiciar of Galloway
, the son of Richard Comyn and nephew of the powerful Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith. His son John Comyn the Elder (died 1300), of Badenoch, 'claimant to the Scottish throne,' was the second son of John Comyn, justiciar of Galloway
Alexander Comyn (d. 1289)... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Comman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Comman family to Ireland
Some of the Comman family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 142 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Comman family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Comman or a variant listed above include: Elizabeth Comyngs, who settled in Plymouth, MA in 1620; George Cumming, who came to New Jersey in 1685; William Cumming, who arrived in Annapolis, MD in 1717.
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print