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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Migration of the Cumby family to the New World and Oceana
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 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.).
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Captain William Pryce Cumby CB, RN (1771-1837), English officer in the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars