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

The name Holcomb first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their 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."


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Holcomb has appeared include Holcombe, Holcomb and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holcomb research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1301 is included under the topic Early Holcomb History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Holcomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Holcomb arrived in North America very early:

Holcomb Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Holcomb who settled in Nantucket Massachusetts in 1630

Holcomb Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Ewd. R. Holcomb, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1894

Holcomb Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • James F. Holcomb, aged 68, who emigrated to the United States from Jhansi, India, in 1905
  • George Holcomb, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Benjamin Holcomb, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • B.R. Holcomb, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Cora Holcomb, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1910


  • Steven Holcomb (b. 1980), American bobsledder
  • Bryan Kelly Holcomb (b. 1973), American retired football quarterback
  • General Thomas Holcomb (1879-1965), Commandant of the United States Marine Corps from 1936 to 1943
  • Roscoe Holcomb (1912-1981), American singer, banjo player, and guitarist
  • Stuart K. Holcomb (1910-1977), American football and basketball coach
  • Raed Elhamali Holcomb (b. 1979), American professional basketball player
  • Corey Holcomb, American stand-up comedian, radio host, and actor
  • William Robert "Bob" Holcomb (1922-2010), American politician and attorney
  • Amasa Holcomb (1787-1875), American farmer, surveyor, civil engineer, businessman, and manufacturer of surveying instruments
  • Drew Holcomb, American singer and songwriter



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The Holcomb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holcomb 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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