Commins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

It is generally believed that this name comes from a Breton personal name, derived from element "cam," meaning "bent," or "crooked;" or perhaps from the herb called "cummin" (cumin). Or the name may have come from the place name Comines, in Flanders, Northern France.

Early Origins of the Commins family

The surname Commins was first found in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire in England, in the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert of Comyn (Comines,) a noble who accompanied William the Conqueror in 1066 and was made Earl of Northumberland. Today Commins is a small hamlet in Denbighshire and Commins Coch is a small village in the county of Powys, Wales.

Important Dates for the Commins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Commins research. Another 487 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1153, 1133, 1302, 1296, 1306, 1289, 1667, 1740, 1688, 1751, 1747, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Commins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Commins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.

Early Notables of the Commins family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Comyn (d. 1289), Earl of Buchan, a Scotish-Norman nobleman, son of William Comyn and Marjory, Countess of Buchan, the heiress of the last native Scottish Mormaer of Buchan, Fergus...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Commins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Commins family to Ireland

Some of the Commins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Commins migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Commins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Commins, who landed in Maryland in 1650 [1]
  • James Commins, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 [1]
Commins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Commins, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Thomas Commins, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]

Commins migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Commins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Commins, aged 17, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [2]
  • John Commins, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [3]
  • Anne Commins, aged 22, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [3]
  • James Commins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [3]

Commins migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Commins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Commins, (b. 1840), aged 22, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [4]
  • Mr. Patrick Commins, (b. 1845), aged 20, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Commins (post 1700)

  • Eugene D. Commins (1932-2015), American physicist, professor of physics at University of California Berkeley
  • T. C. Commins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1920 [5]
  • John Commins (b. 1966), retired Irish sportsperson who played senior hurling with Galway (1986 to 1990)
  • John Brian Commins (b. 1965), retired South African cricketer
  • Commins Menapi (1977-2017), Solomon Islands striker, manager of Western United

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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