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Where did the English Biddiscombe family come from? What is the English Biddiscombe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Biddiscombe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Biddiscombe family history?

The ancient history of the Biddiscombe name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Bittiscombe, in Somerset. The placename was first recorded in 1180 in the form Bitelescumba, and experts theorize that it is derived from the Old English personal name Bitel and the word cumb, which means valley. Thus the surname Biddiscombe literally means the dweller at Bitta's valley.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Biddiscombe include Biddlecombe, Bittiscumbe, Bittiscombe, Bitelescumbe, Biteliscombe, Biddelcombe, Biddalcomb and many more.

First found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biddiscombe research. Another 478 words(34 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1273, 1500, 1576, 1747, 1750, 1807, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Biddiscombe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 28 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biddiscombe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Biddiscombe or a variant listed above: Walter Biddelcombe who arrived in Michigan in 1892.

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  • Carl Biddiscombe (1924-2000), American two-time Academy Award nominated set decorator for his work on Gaily, Gaily (1969) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
  • Craig Biddiscombe (b. 1976), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1995 to 2003


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Non Omnis Moriam
Motto Translation: Not all memory

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The Biddiscombe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Biddiscombe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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