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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.

Cumby Early Origins



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

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Cumby Spelling Variations


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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.

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Cumby Early History


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Cumby Early History



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

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Cumby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cumby Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



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 settled in Barbados in 1700 with her husband

Cumby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Cumby, aged 41, originally from Chatham, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Michigan" from London, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QK-6XQ : 6 December 2014), William Cumby, 22 Feb 1919; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Michigan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cumby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cumby (post 1700)



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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QK-6XQ : 6 December 2014), William Cumby, 22 Feb 1919; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Michigan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  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. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Cumby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cumby 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 28 October 2016 at 07:45.

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