Common 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 Common family

The surname Common 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 Common family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Common 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 Common History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Common 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 Common 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...
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Migration of the Common family to Ireland

Some of the Common 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.

Common migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Common Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Common, who landed in America in 1818 [1]

Common migration to Australia

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

Common Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Stephen Common, (b. 1826), aged 23, Cornish miller from Roche, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Walter Morrice" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th February 1849 [2]
  • Mr. John Common, (b. 1833), aged 22, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 19th November 1855 [3]
  • Mr. Richard Common, (b. 1831), aged 25, Cornish farm servant from St. Columb, Cornwall, UKtravelling from Plymouth, Devon, UK aboard the ship "Aliquis" arriving in Adelaide, Australia on 26th August 1856 [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Common (née Tregilas), (b. 1835), aged 21, Cornish settler from St. Columb, Cornwall, UKtravelling from Plymouth, Devon, UK aboard the ship "Aliquis" arriving in Adelaide, Australia on 26th August 1856 [4]
  • Miss Mary Common, (b. 1856), aged Infant, Cornish settler from St. Columb, Cornwall, UKtravelling from Plymouth, Devon, UK aboard the ship "Aliquis" arriving in Adelaide, Australia on 26th August 1856 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Common 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:

Common Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ms. Caroline Common, (b. 1851), aged 27, Cornish settler departing on 10th July 1878 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1878 [5]
  • Ms. Elizabeth Common, (b. 1855), aged 22, Cornish settler departing on 26th September 1877 aboard the ship "Opawa" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 3rd January 1878 [5]
  • Miss Jane Common, (b. 1876), aged 2, Cornish settler departing on 10th July 1878 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1878 [5]
  • Mr. John Common, (b. 1852), aged 26, Cornish farm labourer departing on 10th July 1878 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1878 [5]
  • Miss Julia Common, (b. 1875), aged 3, Cornish settler departing on 10th July 1878 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1878 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  4. ^ The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Aliquis (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/aliquis1856.shtml
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
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