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COMMINS Family HistoryThis unusual surname, with the variants Commins, Commings and Cuming, derives from a Breton personal name, from the element "cam" meaning bent, crooked, plus the diminutive suffix "in". The personal name was relatively widespread in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire in the 12th and 13th Centuries as a result of Breton immigration. The Scottish and Irish families bearing the surname are apparently all descended ultimately from a companion of William the Conqueror who came from the area around Rouen, where Breton influence was strong.
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