Origin of the Name Comerford
The ancient history of the name Comerford
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Comerford
include Comfort, Comford, Comport and Comeford. This name originated from a village in Staffordshire but now is completely Irish and no trace of the surname can be found now in England . It was first recorded in Ireland in the year 1210 and has become a very distinguished name. Their original sept came from Kilkenny and Waterford.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
By the seventeenth century they were also found in Tipperary and the head of the family was Baron of Danganmore, County Kilkenny, a Palatine title. Other parts of the sept were seated at Ballymacka, Ballybur, Callan and Inchebologhan. They served in King James II army and after his defeat they were outlawed and many went to France and Spain where they served as 'Wild Geese' in the army.
The Comerford coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Comerford descendants.