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The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the Cummings family. Their name comes from a Breton personal name. Cummings 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 Cummings 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.

Cummings Early Origins



The surname Cummings was first found in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire in England, in the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert of Comyn (Comines,) a noble who accompanied William the Conqueror and was made Earl of Northumberland.

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Cummings Spelling Variations


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Cummings Spelling Variations



The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations of the same name. Cummings has been recorded as Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.

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Cummings Early History


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Cummings Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cummings research. Another 694 words (50 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1133, 1153, 1258, 1263, 1264, 1275, 1286, 1289, 1296, 1302, and 1306 are included under the topic Early Cummings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cummings Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cummings Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among 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...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cummings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cummings In Ireland


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Cummings In Ireland



Some of the Cummings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Cummings, or a variant listed above:

Cummings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Isaac Cummings, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Samuel Cummings, who arrived in Maryland in 1663

Cummings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald Cummings, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1725-1726
  • Frances Cummings, who arrived in New England in 1733
  • Thomas Cummings, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • John Cummings, who arrived in New York in 1774
  • Andrew Cummings, who landed in America in 1795

Cummings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Cummings, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1800
  • Robert Cummings, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Margaret Cummings, aged 50, arrived in Maine in 1812
  • Sussan Cummings, aged 32, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • James Cummings, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cummings Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Cummings, who landed in Alabama in 1917

Cummings Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Cummings, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Elizabeth Cummings, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. Allen Cummings U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]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. John Cummings U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783; he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [1]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
  • Mrs. Margaret Cummings U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783s; he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [1]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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cummings Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Cummings, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Henry Cummings, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Martha Cummings, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Mr. Bartholomew Cummings, aged 6 months who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naparina" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)

Cummings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Cummings, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • Rosanna Cummings, English convict from Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  • William Cummings, English Convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  • James Cummings, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • John Cummings, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cummings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Cummings, aged 40, a housekeeper, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • James Cummings arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Mary Cummings arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Herbert A. Cummings, aged 20, a fitter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Martin Cummings, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876

Cummings Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Charles Cummings, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cummings (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cummings (post 1700)



  • Pat Cummings (1956-2012), American NBA professional basketball player
  • Homer Stillé Cummings (1870-1956), American lawyer, U.S. Attorney General (1933-39)
  • Maria Susanna Cummings (1827-1866), American writer
  • Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962), American writer and painter
  • Candy William Arthur Cummings (1848-1924), American baseball pitcher
  • James Bartholomew "Bart" Cummings AM (1927-2015), one of the most successful Australian racehorse trainers with 12 wins in the Melbourne Cup, known as the "Cups King," inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame
  • David Cummings, British musician and scriptwriter
  • Burton L. Cummings OC, OM (b. 1947), Canadian musician and songwriter, lead singer and frequent keyboardist for the Canadian rock band The Guess Who
  • Bruce Frederick Cummings (1889-1917), English zoologist

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Cummings Historic Events


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Cummings Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. James Cummings (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Manly, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr.  Thomas Henry Dawson Cummings, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William R D Cummings, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania


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Suggested Readings for the name Cummings


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Suggested Readings for the name Cummings



  • Ancestors and Descendants [including the Cummings Family] of James Comins by Lucia B. Comins.
  • The History and Genealogy of the Cummins (also Cummings) Family by Nora B. Cummins.

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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

The Cummings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cummings 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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