Combe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Combe name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Combe was originally derived from a family having lived in a small valley; the surname Combe 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 Combe 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 Combe family

The surname Combe 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. [1] Today Combs is a small village in Derbyshire and a parish, in the union and hundred of Stow, Suffolk. [2]

Early History of the Combe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Combe research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1651, 1586, 1667, 1616 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Combe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Combe Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Combe 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 Combe family (pre 1700)

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United States Combe migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Combe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hannah Combe, who settled in Virginia in 1654-1663
  • John Combe, who settled in Virginia in 1654-1663
  • Margery Combe, who settled in Barbados in 1654-1663
  • William Combe, who settled in Barbados in 1685
  • Richard Combe, who arrived in Hempstead, NY in 1690 [3]
Combe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Combe, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1710 [3]
Combe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Combe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [3]
  • A Combe, aged 45, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1823 [3]
  • Michel Combe, who landed in New York in 1825 [3]

Australia Combe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Combe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Hands Combe, (b. 1829), aged 15, English labourer who was convicted in London, England for 10 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1846 [4]
  • Samuel Combe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [5]
  • Harry Combe, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [6]
  • George Henry Combe, aged 17, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • Caroline Combe, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

Contemporary Notables of the name Combe (post 1700) +

  • William Combe (1741-1823), English writer and adventurer, author of 'Doctor Syntax,' born at Bristol in 1741 [7]
  • Thomas Combe (1797-1872), English director of the Clarendon Press, son of a bookseller in Leicester [7]
  • Charles Combe (1743-1817), English physician and numismatist, born on 23 Sept. 1743, in Southampton Street, Bloomsbury, where his father, John Combe, carried on business as an apothecary [7]
  • George Combe (1788-1858), Scottish phrenologist, born in Edinburgh on 21 Oct. 1788, one of the seventeen children of George Comb, a brewer, by his wife, Marion Newton, brother to Andrew Combe [7]
  • Andrew Combe (1797-1847), Scottish physiologist and phrenologist, the fifteenth child and seventh son of an Edinburgh brewer, born in Edinburgh on 27 Oct. 1797 [7]
  • Mr. Stephen Dennis Combe M.B.E., British Director for Corporate Governance and Board Secretary for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Governance in NHS Wales [8]
  • Gordon Desmond Combe, Australian Parliamentary Officer for South Australia
  • Gordon Combe, Australian Parliamentary Officer
  • Lieutenant Robert Grierson Combe (d. 1917), Canadian soldier awarded the Victoria Cross for actions during WW I [9]

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 1st May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1855. Retrieved
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  9. ^ The Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM). (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Robert Combe. Retrieved from on Facebook
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