Cummins 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 Cummins family

The surname Cummins 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 Cummins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cummins 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 Cummins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cummins 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 Cummins 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...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cummins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Cummins family to Ireland

Some of the Cummins 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.

Cummins migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cummins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Isaac Cummins, who landed in Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
Cummins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alex Cummins, who arrived in Virginia in 1738 [1]
  • William Cummins, who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1765 [1]
  • Coporal Cummins, who landed in Virginia in 1776 [1]
  • Thomas Cummins, who landed in Mississippi in 1799 [1]
Cummins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James, Cummins Jr., aged 20, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Matthew Cummins, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Edward Cummins, aged 28, who landed in Maine in 1812 [1]
  • Catherine Cummins, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Christopher Cummins, who landed in New York in 1819 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cummins migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cummins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Cummins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Daniel Cummins U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. William Cummins U.E. who settled in Sissiboo [Weymouth], Nova Scotia c. 1783; he served in the 42nd Regiment [2]
Cummins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Cummins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • Mary Cummins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Andrew Cummins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Ellen Cummins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • William Cummins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cummins migration to Australia

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

Cummins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ms. Elizabeth Cummins, (b. 1812), aged 20, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 7th August 1832, sentenced for 7 years for stealing clothing, transported aboard the ship "Jane II" on 7th August 1832 to Van Dieman's Land, Australia [3]
  • Eliza Cummins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [4]
  • Gregory Cummins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [5]
  • Bridget Cummins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847 [6]
  • Susan Cummins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cummins 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:

Cummins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Cummins, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [8]
  • George Cummins, aged 22, a shepherd, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Thomas Cummins, aged 27, a shepherd, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • Mr. Cummins, Irish settler travelling from Cork aboard the ship "Spirit of Trade" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 4th December 1858 [9]
  • Mr. John Cummins, (b. 1841), aged 21, Irish labourer from County Tipperary, travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th September 1862 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cummins (post 1700)

  • Edward Cummins, American gold Olympic medalist for golf at the 1904 games
  • Major-General Joseph Michael Cummins (1881-1959), American Commanding General 6th Corps Area (1941-1942) [10]
  • George David Cummins (1822-1876), American bishop and founder of the Reformed Episcopal Church
  • Clessie Lyle Cummins (1888-1968), American founder of the Cummins Engine Co
  • Maria Susanna Cummins (1827-1866), American author
  • Albert Baird Cummins (1850-1926), American politician, Governor of Iowa (1902-1908) and United States Senator from Iowa (1908-1926)
  • Philip Damien Cummins AM (1939-2019), Australian lawyer and jurist for the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Larry Cummins, Australian bushranger, member of the Frank Gardiner-Ben Hall gang; he served 15 years in prison
  • Conor Cummins (b. 1986), British motorcycle racer
  • Martin Cummins (b. 1969), Canadian actor
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Cummins family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Melville James Cummins, British Schoolmaster, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [11]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Charles Cummins, English Master at Arms from Brixham, Devon, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [12]

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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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847DavidMalcolm.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) Joseph Cummins. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Cummins/Joseph_Michael/USA.html
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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