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Where did the English Exum family come from? What is the English Exum family crest and coat of arms? When did the Exum family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Exum family history?
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Exum has been spelled many different ways, including Estercombe, Estcombe, Escombe, Escumbe, Escolme, Eskholme, Estcumbe, Escumbe, Escum, Exum and many more.
First found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Exum research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1455, 1487, and 1611 are included under the topic Early Exum History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Exum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Exums to arrive in North America:
Exum Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The Exum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Exum 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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