Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Comberbach, Cumberbirch, Cumberlege, Cumberlidge, Cumberpatch
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
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DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/groups/cumberbatch/about
Contact: Mr Bob Cumberbatch
Find the origin of your surname and you will find your roots.
See: Cumberbatch last name website
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Like most of our old English surnames, it has undergone various changes of spelling, thus it is written, Comberbach, the most ancient form, Cumberbach, Cumberbatch, and Comberbatch, and I do not doubt but that Comberbirch, Cumperpatch, Comberback, Comberbage, Cumberbeg, and even Cumberlege, together with many more, are only varieties which have crept in at different times, and through individual differences in pronunciation. Here I should remark that one of my reasons for considering the names Comberbach and Cumberlege identical is the similarity of the arms.
'When I started, I just assumed I couldn't be called Benedict Cumberbatch,' says the 30-year-old actor in a pub near the play's rehearsal rooms. His father, an actor, had been persuaded by an agent to become Timothy Carlton, and so the son initially carried on the family stage name. 'But then, one day, I told someone in the business what I was really called and they said, 'That's great, that's something you can use to stand out.'
The map below shows high concentrations around sugar plantations owned by Cumberbatch. In St Peter, for instance, there were 382 Cumberbatches with a density of 7.42 times the national average. The density reduces as the surname migrates to adjacent parishes.
Cumberbatch owned sugar plantations in 1834 include:
Cumberbatch is a surname based on a place called Comberbach which is a small village in Cheshire, England. These maps show the distribution of the surname by 1881. Cheshire and its neighbour Staffordshire have five times and seven times the national average of Cumberbatches. In Northampton, the home of the variant spelling Cumberpatch, there are 18 times the national average.
There are few Cumberbatches in the USA in 1880. The growth of Cumberbatches in later years indicates that they immigrated to the USA from elsewhere.
The Cumberbatch surname DNA study can be found here: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/cumberbatch/about/background
The Y-DNA results of Cumberbatch DNA canbe seen here: https://www.familytreedna.com/public/cumberbatch?iframe=ycolorized
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