The ancient history of the Cumme name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in a small valley; the surname Cumme 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 Cumme 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 Cumme family
The surname Cumme 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
in 1296, and Thomas de Combe was listed in the Assize Rolls of Kent
in the year 1317. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Today Combs is a small village in Derbyshire
and a hamlet in Suffolk.
Early History of the Cumme family
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Cumme Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cumme include 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 Cumme family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cumme family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cumme Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Rudolph Cumme, aged 22, a clerk, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Cumme (post 1700)
- Wellington W. Cumme, American politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1888 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html