Cumby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Cumby surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in a small valley; the surname Cumby 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 Cumby 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 Cumby family

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

Early History of the Cumby family

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Cumby Spelling Variations

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 Cumby include Coombes, Cumbey, Cumbie, Coomes, Combes, Comes, Cumbay, Cumby, Coomby, Coombey and many more.

Early Notables of the Cumby family (pre 1700)

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United States Cumby migration to the United States +

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:

Cumby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Judith Cumby, who settled in Barbados in 1700 with her husband
Cumby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Cumby, aged 41, originally from Chatham, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Michigan" from London, England [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cumby (post 1700) +

  • George Edward Cumby (b. 1956), former American NFL linebacker
  • Vertran Cumby, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Glenpool, Oklahoma, 1915-33 [2]
  • Captain William Pryce Cumby CB, RN (1771-1837), English officer in the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars on Facebook
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