Cumberbatch of Barbados in 1881

Cumberbatch of Barbados in 1880


The origin of the surname Cumberbatch in Barbados is located in the parish of St. Peter. This was the location of several Cumberbatch owned sugar plantations.

By Bob Cumberbatch www.cumberbatch.org













Cumberbatch of Barbados in 1881These are estimated counts and densities of Cumberbatchs in the parishes of Barbados in 1881. The frequency of a surname indicates how often the surname Cumberbatch occurs across Barbados.

The density of a surname aims to highlight how concentrated the surname Cumberbatch is, in any one parish at that time, compared to the national average. A density equal to '1' indicates an even distribution, i.e. equivalent to the national average. A density greater than '1' indicates a higher, than normal, concentration of the surname. This could indicate the place of origin of the surname, or just a more fertile bunch of families. So Bridgetown in St Michael, the capital, will have more people as the capital draws people to it.

As can be seen, the highest concentration of Cumberbatchs is in St. Peter, then St. Andrew and then St. Lucy. Whilst St. Michael has the third largest number of Cumberbatchs on the island they are relatively sparse when the density is considered.

The above map suggests that the point of origin for Cumberbatch in Barbados as being in St. Peter with a density 7 times that of the national average. Cumberbatchs owned three major sugar plantations in St. Peter:

  • St. Nicholas Abbey
  • Ebworth
  • The Farm plantation may not have been a sugar plantation, but a farm for growing food.

The location of the other plantation Cleland was in St. Andrew, now the home of the Caribbean International [Horse] Riding Centre. The largest of these plantations in terms of slave population was Cleland in St. Andrew but all the remaining plantations were in St. Peter. St. Nicholas Abbey in St. Peter being the largest comprising 407 acres and 184 slaves.

The above chart indicates the early spread of the descendants of freed Cumberbatchs slaves from their beginnings in St. Peter and St. Andrew. As of 1880 there were no Barbados born Cumberbatchs in the USA.