Cummerbatch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Cummerbatch is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cummerbatch family lived in Cheshire, where they held the title of Lords of the Manor of Comberbach, in the parish of Great Budeworth.

Early Origins of the Cummerbatch family

The surname Cummerbatch was first found in Cheshire at Comberbach, a civil parish and small village that dates back to the 12th century when it was listed as Combrebeche. The place name literally means "valley or stream on the Britons or of a man called Cumbra," from the Old English "Cumbre," + "bece." [1] The family held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Comberbach in the parish of Great Budeworth.

Important Dates for the Cummerbatch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cummerbatch research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1545, 1603, 1866, 1603 and 1633 are included under the topic Early Cummerbatch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cummerbatch Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Comberbach, Comberbirch, Commerback, Comeback, Comberback, Cumberbatch, Cumberback, Cumberpatch, Cumberbeach, Cumberbirch, Comberbirch, Comberpatch, Comberbeach and many more.

Early Notables of the Cummerbatch family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cummerbatch family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cummerbatch or a variant listed above: Thomas Comberbach who arrived in New England in 1635.

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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