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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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cummings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. 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
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
- Elizabeth Cummings, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
- Mr. Allen Cummings U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
- 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
- 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
- Mr. Silas Cummings U.E who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Penobscot Association
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, NB aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
- Martha Cummings, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
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
- 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
- William Cummings, English Convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- 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"
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
- 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
- Mr. John Cummings (d. 1915), English Scullion from Halifax, Yorkshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Mr. William R D Cummings, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Mr. Thomas Henry Dawson Cummings, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- 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
- 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.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
- Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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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