The origins of the Comerland name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the county of Cumberland
. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Comerland family
The surname Comerland was first found in Cumberland
, a historic county of North West England
that existed from the 12th century until 1974. The earliest record of the place was when it was listed as Cumbraland in 945 in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle and literally meant "region of the Cymry or Cumbrian Britons" from the Old English words Cumbre + land. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Comerland family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Comerland research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1301, 1524, 1670, 1703, 1631 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Comerland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Comerland Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Comerland were recorded, including Cumberland, Cumbeland, Cumberlande, Comerland and many more.
Early Notables of the Comerland family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Comerland family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Comerland family emigrate to North America: William Cumberland
who arrived in Philadelphia in 1873.