COMBS-COOMBS &c.
INTERNATIONAL DNA STUDY

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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.
COMB
COMBE
COMBEE
COMBEY
COMBIE
COMBY
COMBOY
COME
COMME
COWMBE
COWMEY
KOMBE
COM
CAM
COLM
ap CWM
COOM
COOMB
COOMBE
COOME
COUMBE
COUMBY
CUMBE
CUME
COUMBA
CUMBA
CUMBO
COOMBEY
COOMBY
COOMIBE
COOMEY
CUMBEE
CUMBEY
CUMBY
COMBES
COMBS
COMS
COMAS
COMBASS
COMES
COMBEZ
KOMBS
KOMES
COLMS
COMBESS
COMBEST
COMBIS
COMBIES
COMBUS
COMBYS
COMKBIS
COOMBES
COOMBS
COOMES
COOMS
COUMBES
COUMBS
COUMES
CUMBES
CUMBUS
CUMES
de COMBE
DE COMM
de CUMB´
de CUMBE
de CUMBA
de CAMBAS
le COUMBE
de COMA
DE COMBES
de CUMBES
de CAMO
de la CUMBE
de las COUMBE
de KUMBES
de COMBIS
de KAMES
de CUME
de COUMBE
atte CUMBE
atte COMBE
in the CUMBE
McCOM
McCOMB
MacCOMB
MACOMB
McCOMBE
McCOME
MACCOME
MACKOME
MACOME
MACCOMES
McCOMBS
MacCOMBS
McCOMBES
McCOMM
McCOOM
McCOOMB
McCOOMBS
McCOOMBE
McCOOMBES
McCOMBIE
McCOLM
McCOMAS
MacCOMAS
McCOMBY
McCOMIE
MacCOMIE
MacOMIE
OMIE
OMIES
McCOMISH
MacOMISH
OMISH
MACOMBER
McTAVISH
McTHOMAS

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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 ancestor’s 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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