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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Combine family were born. Their name comes from a Breton personal name. Combine 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 Combine 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.

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The surname Combine 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.

In various documents Combine has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Combine 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 Combine History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Combine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Combine 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.

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The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Combine or a variant listed above include: 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.

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