Cummings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

It is generally believed that this name comes from a Breton personal name, derived from element "cam," meaning "bent," or "crooked;" or perhaps from the herb called "cummin" (cumin). Or the name may have come from the place name Comines, in Flanders, Northern France.

Early Origins of the Cummings family

The surname Cummings was first found in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire in England, in the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert of Comyn (Comines,) a noble who accompanied William the Conqueror in 1066 and was made Earl of Northumberland. Today Commins is a small hamlet in Denbighshire and Commins Coch is a small village in the county of Powys, Wales.

Important Dates for the Cummings family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cummings research. Another 487 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1153, 1133, 1302, 1296, 1306, 1289, 1667, 1740, 1688, 1751, 1747, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Cummings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cummings Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.

Early Notables of the Cummings family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Comyn (d. 1289), Earl of Buchan, a Scotish-Norman nobleman, son of William Comyn and Marjory, Countess of Buchan, the heiress of the last native Scottish Mormaer of Buchan, Fergus...
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Migration of the Cummings family to Ireland

Some of the Cummings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cummings migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cummings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Isaac Cummings, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
  • Samuel Cummings, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]
Cummings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Archibald Cummings, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1725-1726 [1]
  • Frances Cummings, who arrived in New England in 1733 [1]
  • Thomas Cummings, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
  • John Cummings, who arrived in New York in 1774
  • Andrew Cummings, who landed in America in 1795 [1]
Cummings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Cummings, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1800 [1]
  • Robert Cummings, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]
  • Margaret Cummings, aged 50, who arrived in Maine in 1812 [1]
  • Sussan Cummings, aged 32, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [1]
  • James Cummings, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cummings Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Cummings, who landed in Alabama in 1917 [1]

Cummings migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cummings Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Cummings, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Elizabeth Cummings, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. Allen Cummings U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. John Cummings U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783; he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [2]
  • Mrs. Margaret Cummings U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783s; he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Cummings Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Cummings, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Henry Cummings, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Martha Cummings, aged 11, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834
  • Mr. Bartholomew Cummings, aged 6 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naparina" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]
  • Miss. Bridget Cummings, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Covenanter" departing 17th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 9th August 1847 but she died on board [4]
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Cummings migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cummings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Cummings migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cummings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Cummings, aged 40, a housekeeper, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Mr. P. Cummings, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Bessie" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 11th May 1861 [10]
  • Miss Maria Cummings, (b. 1839), aged 25, British domestic servant travelling aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttleton, South Island, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [10]
  • James Cummings, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Mary Cummings, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
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Cummings Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • Charles Cummings, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

Contemporary Notables of the name Cummings (post 1700)

  • Elijah Eugene Cummings (1951-2019), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland (1996-2019), Chair of the House Oversight Committee (2019)
  • Pat Cummings (1956-2012), American NBA professional basketball player
  • Homer Stillé Cummings (1870-1956), American lawyer, U.S. Attorney General (1933-39)
  • Maria Susanna Cummings (1827-1866), American writer
  • Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962), American writer and painter
  • Candy William Arthur Cummings (1848-1924), American baseball pitcher
  • Bruce Frederick Cummings (1889-1917), English zoologist
  • Mrs. Jane Frances Cummings C.B.E.,, British Chief Nursing Officer for England and Regional Director for London NHS England, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Nursing and the NHS by her Majesty The Queen [11]
  • John Scott Cummings (1943-2017), British politician, Member of Parliament for Easington (1987-2010)
  • James Bartholomew "Bart" Cummings AM (1927-2015), one of the most successful Australian racehorse trainers with 12 wins in the Melbourne Cup, known as the "Cups King," inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Cummings family

HMAS Sydney II
HMS Repulse
  • Mr.  Thomas Henry Dawson Cummings, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. William R D Cummings, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Harry Cummings (1899-1939), British Ordnance Artificer 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
RMS Lusitania

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 71)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AMAZON 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/amazon1852.shtml
  9. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/medina1852.shtml
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  12. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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