Butcoombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Butcoombe is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the village of Butcombe in the county of Somerset.

Early Origins of the Butcoombe family

The surname Butcoombe was first found in Somerset, where "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Buncombe,' or 'Boncombe,' some spot in the West country." [1] Kirby's Quest notes that Richard de Bounecombe was listed there, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [2]

Important Dates for the Butcoombe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butcoombe research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1327 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Butcoombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Butcoombe Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Butcoombe are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Butcoombe include: Buncombe, Butcombe, Bounecombe, Bunecombe, Buncomb, Boncombe and many more.

Early Notables of the Butcoombe family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Butcoombe family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Butcoombe or a variant listed above: William Bunchcombe who arrived in Virginia in 1663.

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
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