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The 12th century Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. The surname Comerford came to Ireland from England at that time. It came originally from the name of a village in Staffordshire, and as such belongs to the category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Comerford Early Origins



The surname Comerford was first found in Kent, England before making its way to Ireland. The name has become almost nonexistent in England. There are Domesday references to the surname in Kent. Later, just over a century later the name moved to Oxfordshire, and Staffordshire, where there is a village of Comerford. In the year 1210, soon after the invasion of Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, in 1172, the Comerfords were granted land in Kilkenny and Wexford, in Ireland. The family is listed as 'New Settlers' who joined Strongbow and got large grants of land in the County of Wexford.

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Comerford Spelling Variations


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Comerford Spelling Variations



Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Comerford revealed many spelling variations including Comerford, Comfort, Comport, Comberford, Cummerford, Cumerford, Commerford, Cumfort, Cumport, Comfurt, Compart, Cumberford and many more.

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Comerford Early History


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Comerford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Comerford research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1599, 1558, 1604, 1585, 1586, 1625, 1652, 1762 and 1832 are included under the topic Early Comerford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Comerford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Comerford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Dr. Nicholas Quemerfod (c.1542-1599) of Waterford, religious scholar and lecturer, who was the first of sixteen Jesuits of the name; Gerald, Gerard or Garrett Comerford (c.1558-1604), an Irish barrister, judge and statesman who sat in...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Comerford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Comerford:

Comerford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Comerford, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • James Comerford, who settled in America in 1764

Comerford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederic Comerford settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • John Comerford settled in Philadelphia in 1828
  • Patrick Comerford, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • Thomas Comerford settled in Philadelphia in 1866
  • William Comerford, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Comerford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Comerford, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mary Comerford, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Catherine Comerford, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • Mary Comerford, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • Mary Comerford, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Comerford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Comerford (post 1700)



  • Walter Anthony "Tony" Comerford (1898-1970), American college football and basketball coach
  • Charles Comerford, American college football player at Yale, member of the 1916 College Football All-America Team
  • Cristeta Comerford (b. 1962), Filipino-American Executive chef at the White House since 2005
  • Sharon Comerford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980
  • M. C. Comerford, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 27th District, 1873
  • John P. Comerford, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 16th District, 1992, 1994; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996
  • John P. Comerford, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • John Comerford, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 6th District, 1839-41
  • Hannah F. Comerford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1956
  • George Comerford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1996
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Comerford Historic Events


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Comerford Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Comerford, Irish First Waiter from Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



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: So ho ho dea ne
Motto Translation: God will perform it.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 30 October 2016 at 05:16.

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