Commerbirch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Commerbirch family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Cheshire, where they held the title of Lords of the Manor of Comberbach, in the parish of Great Budeworth.

Early Origins of the Commerbirch family

The surname Commerbirch was first found in Cheshire at Comberbach, a civil parish and small village that dates back to the 12th century when it was listed as Combrebeche. The place name literally means "valley or stream on the Britons or of a man called Cumbra," from the Old English "Cumbre," + "bece." [1] The family held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Comberbach in the parish of Great Budeworth.

Important Dates for the Commerbirch family

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Commerbirch Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Comberbach, Comberbirch, Commerback, Comeback, Comberback, Cumberbatch, Cumberback, Cumberpatch, Cumberbeach, Cumberbirch, Comberbirch, Comberpatch, Comberbeach and many more.

Early Notables of the Commerbirch family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Commerbirch family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Commerbirch or a variant listed above were: Thomas Comberbach who arrived in New England in 1635.

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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