Our 200+ researchers of the COMBS-COOMBS &c. research project represent many lineages. (We use the “&c” since it is old-style for et cetera (etc.), Latin for “and others”.) You may have seen different surname spellings in records for your ancestors. If you have a surname that appears or sounds like any of the names in the following surname clusters, please consider joining our DNA Study, whether or not you will be contributing your DNA at this time. The surname clusters below are organized to assist us visually in grasping different spellings of COMBS-COOMBS that have appeared in records, sometimes interchangeably. If you have come across other spellings, please let us know.
de la CUMBE
de las COUMBE
in the CUMBE
While not viewed among the surnames above which are the object of this Study, researchers should be aware that, at times, COLMBS COMBER COMER COMAR COOMER CUMER CUMBER CUMBERS KOMBER KUMER CONE CONES COONS have been mistranscribed for Combs-Coombs &c.
If you have come across other spellings related to COMBS-COOMBS or surnames that have been found as mistranscriptions, please advise us. Thank you. Denise Mortorff, DNA Family Historian.
While an ancestors surname spellings can change over time, the DNA of those lineages for the most part stays the same. As a research tool in linking generations, DNA can prevail over human transcription errors, variations of script style leading to spelling changes, or simply changes in spelling over time for which there are no explanations.
* ap CWM is Welsh for “son of CWM” enunciated 'cum' or 'coom'.
** Surnames in the 5th column are the earliest forms of the COMBS-COOMBS &c. surname in England. Thanks to David Vidler, a long time member of our group, for this contribution to our Study from his research beginning in the 1100s in England. Surnames in French records still need further investigation.
*** “Mc/Mac” prefixes of Scot surnames are sometimes written in an abbreviated form in records as “M'” “Ma” ie. M'Kim, MaKim, McKim, MacKim. This should be applied when researching in records for COMBS-COOMBS variant spellings.
**** Most surnames in the 6th and 7th column are typically viewed as being part of Clan MacThomas as noted in SCOTTISH CLAN & FAMILY ENCYCLOPEDIA by George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, Foreward endorsement by The Rt.Hon. The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine KT, Convenor, The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. ©1994. Harper Collins Publishers. Glasgow. For the purposes of studying DNA, it may be useful to study additional names based on the unique history of the MacThomas clan's patronymics (MacThomas, Tam, Thom, Thomas, Thoms, Thomson). Variant spellings that are found in records or are identified in DNA test results will be added to the table above. DNA results could make a difference in further understanding the history and the relatedness of groups within the clan.
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