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The ancestors of the name Coombes date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Coombes family lived in a small valley; the surname Coombes 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 Coombes 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.

Coombes Early Origins



The surname Coombes was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Coombes Spelling Variations


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Coombes Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Coombes are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Coombes include: Coombes, Cumbey, Cumbie, Coomes, Combes, Comes, Cumbay, Cumby, Coomby, Coombey and many more.

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Coombes Early History


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Coombes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coombes research. Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1269, 1317, and 1651 are included under the topic Early Coombes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coombes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coombes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coombes 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Coombes or a variant listed above:

Coombes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Coombes settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • John Coombes, aged 26, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • Elizabeth Coombes, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Coombes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Coombes settled in Upper Island Cove in 1781

Coombes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • I Coombes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • T Coombes, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W H Coombes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • A Coombes, who landed in Arkansas in 1886

Coombes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Coombes of Pool's Harbour settled there in 1829

Coombes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ephraim Coombes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  • John Coombes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  • Ann Coombes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  • Moses Coombes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  • Emiline Coombes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coombes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R Coombes landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Coombes landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Coombes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • E. Coombes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • Gordon Coombes arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1881

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coombes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coombes (post 1700)



  • John Charles "Charly" Coombes (b. 1980), American-born, English multi-instrumentalist and vocalist
  • Gareth Michael "Gaz" Coombes (b. 1976), English musician and singer-songwriter
  • Chadwick Reuben Coombes (b. 1983), New Zealand born association football player

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Coombes Historic Events


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Coombes Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Gerald E Coombes (b. 1907), English Sergeant serving for the Royal Marine from Petersfield, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Rowland V Coombes, British Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. 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).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Coombes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coombes 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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