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Where did the English Halcomb family come from? What is the English Halcomb family crest and coat of arms? When did the Halcomb family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Halcomb family history?The present generation of the Halcomb family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Holcombe, a very common place-name found in various locations throughout England. There are Holcombes in Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Oxfordshire, and Somerset. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements hol, which means deep or hollow, and cumb, which means valley. The place-name taken as a whole means "deep hollow valley."
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Halcomb include Holcombe, Holcomb and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halcomb research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1301 is included under the topic Early Halcomb History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Halcomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Halcomb were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Holcomb who settled in Nantucket Massachusetts in 1630; Andrew and Thomas Holcombe settled in Barbados in 1663; Sarah Holcombe settled in Jamaica in 1664.
The Halcomb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Halcomb 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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