It is generally believed that this name comes from a Breton personal name
, derived from element "cam," meaning "bent," or "crooked;" or perhaps from the herb called "cummin" (cumin). Or the name may have come from the place name Comines, in Flanders
, Northern France.
Early Origins of the Comyn family
The surname Comyn was first found in Norfolk
, and Yorkshire
, in the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert of Comyn (Comines,) a noble who accompanied William the Conqueror in 1066 and was made Earl of Northumberland
. Today Commins is a small hamlet in Denbighshire
and Commins Coch is a small village in the county of Powys
Early History of the Comyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Comyn research.Another 487 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1153, 1133, 1302, 1296, 1306, 1289, 1667, 1740, 1688, 1751, 1747, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Comyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Comyn Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.
Early Notables of the Comyn family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Comyn (d. 1289), Earl of Buchan, a Scotish-Norman nobleman, son of William Comyn and Marjory, Countess of Buchan, the heiress of the last native Scottish Mormaer of Buchan, Fergus... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Comyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Comyn family to Ireland
Some of the Comyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 60 words (4 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 Comyn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Comyn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Comyn, who settled in Florida in 1769
- Frederick Duke Comyn, who arrived in Florida in 1778
Contemporary Notables of the name Comyn (post 1700)
- William Leslie Comyn (b. 1877), American businessman, shipbuilder and builder of one of the first large concrete ships, direct descendant of Stephen George Comyn
- Stephen George Comyn (1764-1839), English naval chaplain who served with Lord Nelson at the Battle of the Nile and Battle of Copenhagen, said to be Nelson's favourite chaplain
- Andrew Comyn (b. 1968), English former professional footballer from Wakefield, England who played from 1989 to 1996
- Henry Hugh Comyn (1876-1937), English civil servant and sportsman, badminton mixed doubles champion in 1908, 1909 and 1910
- Andrew Daniel "Dan" Comyn (1872-1949), Irish cricketer from County Galway, who played for Ireland 16 times between 1893 and 1904
- John Francis Comyn (1742-1793), French aristocrat of French birth guillotined during the French Revolution
- Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall (1835-1911), British civil servant, literary historian and poet
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