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The name Coombe is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in a small valley; the surname Coombe is often derived from the Old English word cumb, which means valley. In this case, it belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. Alternately, the surname Coombe may be derived from residence in one of the many places called Comb, Combe, or Coombe. In this case, it belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Coombe Early Origins



The surname Coombe was first found in Devon where Richard de la Coombe held estates in that county in the year 1194. The name also found in the Feet of Fines of Somerset in 1269 where the entry Alan in la Cumbe was found. Robert atte Cumbe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296, and Thomas de Combe was listed in the Assize Rolls of Kent in the year 1317. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Today Combs is a small village in Derbyshire and a hamlet in Suffolk.

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Coombe Spelling Variations


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Coombe Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Coombe family name include Coombe, Combs, Coombs, Comes, Combes, Combe, Coombes, Cumbe, Coumbes, Coames, Coambes, Cumbes, Cumes, Cummes, Cume, Coomes, Coames, Cooms, Coumes, Coume, Cooms, Coom, Coomb, Comb and many more.

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Coombe Early History


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Coombe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coombe research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1651, 1586, 1667, 1616 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Coombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coombe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coombe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coombe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Coombe surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Coombe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Coombe, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Thomas Coombe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771

Coombe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Frances Coombe arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm
  • Jane Coombe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848
  • Richard Coombe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849
  • Samuel Coombe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849
  • Ann Coombe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coombe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Coombe, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Elizabeth Coombe, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Frederick Coombe, aged 6 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • John Coombe, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coombe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coombe (post 1700)



  • Robert Coombe, American chemist and academic, a faculty member at the University of Denver since 1981, Chancellor of the University of Denver (2005-2014)
  • Patrick Coombe (b. 1950), English cricketer
  • Mark Andrew Coombe (b. 1968), English former professional football goalkeeper who played from 1987 to 1989
  • Guy Coombe, South African rugby league player who represented South Africa in the 1995 World Cup
  • Ephraim Henry Coombe (1858-1917), Australian newspaper editor and politician, MHA for Barossa, South Australia
  • Eldon Coombe (b. 1941), Canadian curler from Ottawa, active in the 1960s
  • Sir Thomas Melrose Coombe (1873-1959), Australian cricketer, businessman and philanthropist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm

Other References

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  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Coombe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coombe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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