Cumber History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Cumber is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Comberford, in Staffordshire having derived from the Old English elements cumbre and ford, and meant "ford of the Britons." 
Early Origins of the Cumber family
The surname Cumber was first found in Staffordshire at Comberford, a small village that dates back to 1187 when it was first listed as Cumbreford. 
Important Dates for the Cumber family
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Cumber 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 Cumber 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cumber include: Cumberford, Cummerford, Comberford, Cumber, Camelford, Camellford, Campbellford, Comerford and many more.
Early Notables of the Cumber family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cumber family to Ireland
Some of the Cumber family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cumber family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Cumber or a variant listed above: John Cumberford who settled in New England in 1743; James Cummiford arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1852.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cumber (post 1700)
- Sada Cumber, 1st United States Ambassador to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)