Acome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestry of the name Acome dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire. The surname Acome is associated with the parish of Acomb, which was located on the outskirts of the city of York.

Early Origins of the Acome family

The surname Acome was first found in Yorkshire, at Acomb which is now a suburb within the City of York Unitary Authority. The place name is most likely derived from the Old English acum, which meant "at the oak trees." The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Achum, Acum and Acun, and was land held by the Archbishop of York. The village was designated as a manor held by St. Peter. There was land enough for 8 ploughs and there were 14 rent-paying tenants. [1]

By 1222, the village was listed as Akum. [2] East and West Acomb, Northumberland have traditionally been quite a bit smaller than the Yorkshire village with West Acomb being the larger of the two. In both of these latter cases, the first record of the place name was with the Akum spelling in 1268. Hadrian's Wall runs about 1 mile (1.5 km), north east of Acomb, Northumberland.

Some of the first records of the family were Philip de Akum, who was registered in Yorkshire in 1210 [3] and Willelmus de Acom who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

Important Dates for the Acome family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Acome research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1325, 1379, 1525, 1574, 1670, 1692 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Acome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Acome Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Acome have been found, including Acombe, Acomb, Acome, Acom, Acum, Akum, A Combe and others.

Early Notables of the Acome family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Acome Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Acome migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Acome, or a variant listed above:

Acome Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Acome who settled in Virginia in 1642

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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