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Where did the English Coomer family come from? What is the English Coomer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coomer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coomer family history?

The origins of the Coomer name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Coomer was originally derived from a family having lived in a small valley. The surname Coomer is derived from the Old English word cumb, which means valley. The surname Coomer belongs to the large class of Anglo-Saxon topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Coomer include Comber, Comer, Commber, Commer, Combers, Commers and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coomer research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1296, 1575, 1653, 1631, 1645, 1645, 1699 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Coomer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coomer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Coomer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Coomer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Coomer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Coomer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Coomer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846

Coomer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Coomer arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880


  • Joe David Coomer (1917-1979), professional American football player
  • Joe Coomer, American fiction and nonfiction writer
  • Ken Coomer (b. 1960), American last drummer for the band Uncle Tupelo
  • Ronald "Coom Dawg" Coomer (b. 1966), American former first baseman and third baseman


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: Sapiens dominabitur astris
Motto Translation: A wise man can rule the stars.


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The Coomer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coomer 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.

This page was last modified on 13 December 2015 at 00:13.

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