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Norfolk, a maritime county in the E of England; bounded on the N W by the Wash, which divides it from Lincolnshire; on the N and the N E by the Northsea; on the S E by Breydon-water and the river Waveney, which divide it from Suffolk; on the S by the river Waveney, a short artificial line and the river Little Ouse, which divide it from Suffolk; on the S W and the W by the rivers Old Welney and Nen, and a short artificial line, which divide it from Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. It is so nearly surrounded by its marine and river boundaries as to be almost an island. Its greatest length, from E to W, is 60 miles; its greatest breadth, from N to S, is 40 miles; its meanbreadth is about 29 miles; its circuit is about 200 miles; and its area is 1, 354,301 acres. Only three English counties, York, Lincoln, and Devon, exceed it in size…

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) by John Marius Wilson. Vision of Britain.

Combs &c. Records by Hundred, Borough and Parish in which Combs and Associated Families have been found thus far

To learn more about medieval terms for land see the ENGLAND: Land from Medieval to Present Day.

16 Edw. I [ca 1288] Edmund de la COMB, co. Norfolk (History of Norfolk (Bloomefield & Parkin), vii. 347 (Dictionary of English & Welsh Surnames with Special American Instances, by Charles Wareing Bardsley, 1901))

Note: The above is our only Combs record for Norfolk thus far. The only other research done re this county has thus far been “negative” (See Following). See also Early Combes of England.

Extracted by Combs Researcher Denise Mortorff from Norfolk Parish Registers. Marriages. General Editor: Thos. M. Blagg, ed. by H.J. Dukinfield Astley. London. 1914:


East Rudham 1562 to 1837


DKM Note: includes SAYER and SAUNDERS

West Rudham 1565 to 1837


Helhoughton 1539 to 1837


Syderstone 1585 to 1837

Robert GROME & Elizabeth COPPING 19 Feb 1587
William CROME & Anne DANYELL 1 Apr 1673

DKM: Otherwise No COMBES

South Creake 1550 to 1837


Waterden 1743 to 1812


Shereford 1722 to 1837


Dunton-cum-Doughton 1784 to 1837


Horningtoft 1539 to 1837



Whissonsett 1700 to 1837


DKM Note: Seir[Sier]

Massingham 1559 to 1837

James LOVET and Helen FACONBRIDGE 21 May 1568


DKM Note: Also includes PALMERS.

Appendix -- Protestation Oath at East Rudham, 1641-2


DKM Conclusion: No COMBES are apparent in these Norfolk County Parish records. However, there are a few surnames of related families.

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