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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Comer surname lived in a small valley. The surname Comer is derived from the Old English word cumb,
which means valley.
The surname Comer belongs to the large class of Anglo-Saxon topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
The surname Comer was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Comer 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 Comer include: Comber, Comer, Commber, Commer, Combers, Commers and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Comer research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1296, 1575, 1653, 1631, 1645, 1645, 1699 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Comer History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Comer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Comer family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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 Comer or a variant listed above:
Comer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Comer, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
- John Comer who settled in New England between 1620 and 1660
- Jane Comer, who landed in Virginia in 1699
Comer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jean Comer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736
- Richard Comer settled in America in 1773
- George Stibband Comer settled in Maryland in 1776
Comer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Manuel Comer, aged 35, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
- Francisco Comer, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835
- I F Comer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Henry B Comer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1859
Comer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Private Jacob Comer U.E born in New York, USA from New York, USA who settled in Con 5 Lot 14, Violet, Ernestown, Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1783 he served in the Loyal Rangers Regiment, married to Deborah Hicks
- Mr. Paul Comer U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
Comer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Comer, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Samuel Comer, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Robert Comer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839
- Fred Comer (1893-1928), American racecar driver
- Gary Comer (1927-2006), American businessman and philanthropist, founder of mail order clothing retailer Lands' End, eponym of the Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago
- James Pierpont Comer (b. 1934), American Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, Associate Dean at the Yale School of Medicine
- James R. Comer (b. 1972), American politician, Agriculture Commissioner of Kentucky (2012-)
- Harry Wayne Comer (b. 1944), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
- Samuel "Sam" Comer (1893-1974), American four-time Academy Award winning set decorator, father of Anjanette Comer
- Anjanette Comer (b. 1939), American Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress
- Braxton Bragg Comer (1848-1927), American planter, businessman, and politician, the 33rd Governor of Alabama from 1907 to 1911
- Steven Michael Comer (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1978 to 1984
- Captain George Comer (1858-1937), Canadian-born, American whaling captain, polar explorer, ethnologist, cartographer, author, and photographer who made 14 Arctic and three Antarctic voyages
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
Sapiens dominabitur astrisMotto Translation:
A wise man can rule the stars.
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The Comer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Comer 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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