In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Cockum surname lived in a small valley; the surname Cockum 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 Cockum 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.
Early Origins of the Cockum family
The surname Cockum 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. 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 parish, in the union and hundred of Stow, Suffolk. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Cockum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockum research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1651, 1586, 1667, 1616 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Cockum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cockum Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cockum are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cockum 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.
Early Notables of the Cockum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cockum family to Ireland
Some of the Cockum family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 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 Cockum family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cockum or a variant listed above: John Coombs of Plymouth, settled in America in 1630; Anthony Coombs settled in 1640; and his parents gave him to the monks to be a priest, but he ran away with an English Bible. He became a blacksmith, and in the town of Wells he defended his farm against the Indians. John Coombs settled in Boston in 1662. Alistair Coombs settled in Maine in 1665.