Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in a small valley. The surname Commer is derived from the Old English word cumb, which means valley. The surname Commer 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.
Early Origins of the Commer family
Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Commer family
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Commer Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Commer has appeared include Comber, Comer, Commber, Commer, Combers, Commers and others.
Early Notables of the Commer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Commer family to Ireland
Some of the Commer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Commer family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Commer arrived in North America very early:
Commer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
The Commer 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: Sapiens dominabitur astris
Motto Translation: A wise man can rule the stars.
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