Comstock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Comstock family
The surname Comstock was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where they held a family seat. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales and England was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans met more resistance from the Welsh than in the rest of England. The Welsh fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales into England as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales were presented to the Welsh people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century in that border county.
Early History of the Comstock family
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Comstock Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Comstock, Cumstock, Cymstock, Commstock and others.
Early Notables of the Comstock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Comstock family to Ireland
Some of the Comstock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Comstock migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Comstock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Comstock, who landed in Connecticut in 1637 
Comstock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Samuel W Comstock, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- C B Comstock, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- E B Comstock, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- E D Comstock, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- E H Comstock, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
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Comstock migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Comstock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Levi Comstock U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 
Contemporary Notables of the name Comstock (post 1700) +
- Frank G. Comstock (1922-2013), American Emmy Award nominated composer, arranger, conductor and trombonist, best known for his incidental music for Rocky and His Friends (1959–1964)
- George Cary Comstock (1855-1934), American astronomer and educator, eponym of the Comstock lunar crater
- Anthony Comstock (1844-1915), United States Postal Inspector and moralist, known as founder of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and the Comstock law
- William Alfred Comstock (1877-1949), American politician, 33rd Governor of the U.S. state of Michigan (1933-1935)
- Keith Comstock (b. 1955), American Major League Baseball player
- John Henry Comstock (1849-1931), American entomologist, co-creator of the "Comstock-Needham" system
- Harriet Theresa Comstock (1860-1925), American novelist and author of children's books
- Anna Botsford Comstock (1854-1930), American artist, educator, and conservationist
- Daniel Frost Comstock (1883-1970), American physicist and engineer
- Harold E. Comstock, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
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The Comstock 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: Nid cyfoeth ond boddlonrwydd
Motto Translation: No wealth without contentment.
Suggested Readings for the name Comstock +
- 2970 "Comstock-Haggard and Allied Families" by Mary Jane Comstock, "The Family of John Everett Comstock" by Roger Henry Comstock.
- ^ 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)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X