Cumbee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Cumbee name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in a small valley; the surname Cumbee 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 Cumbee 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.
Early Origins of the Cumbee family
The surname Cumbee 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.  Today Combs is a small village in Derbyshire and a parish, in the union and hundred of Stow, Suffolk. 
Important Dates for the Cumbee family
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Cumbee Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cumbee were recorded, including 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.
Early Notables of the Cumbee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cumbee family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cumbee family emigrate to North America: John Coombs of Plymouth, settled in America in 1630; Anthony Coombs settled in 1640; and his parents gave him to the monks to be a priest, but he ran away with an English Bible. He became a blacksmith, and in the town of Wells he defended his farm against the Indians. John Coombs settled in Boston in 1662. Alistair Coombs settled in Maine in 1665.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cumbee (post 1700)
- Josh Cumbee, American composer, known for his work on Operation Terror (2012), Check Engine (2010) and Launch (2011)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.