Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Find the origin of your surname and you will find your roots.
See: Cumberbatch last name website
'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.'''
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