Origins Available: English
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 Comben family
The surname Comben 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 Comben family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Comben research.Another 603 words (43 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 Comben History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Comben Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.
Early Notables of the Comben 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 Comben Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Comben family to Ireland
Some of the Comben family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 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 Comben family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Comyngs, who settled in Plymouth, MA in 1620; George Cumming, who came to New Jersey in 1685; William Cumming, who arrived in Annapolis, MD in 1717.
Contemporary Notables of the name Comben (post 1700)
- Patrick "Pat" Comben AM (b. 1950), English-born, former Australian politician, Member for Windsor (1983-1992) and Member for Kedron (1992-1995)
- White Comben, English founder of Comben Homes, a large British housebuilder in 1907
- John Comben (b. 1944), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1963 to 1967
- Bruce Comben (b. 1930), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1950 to 1961 for Carlton