Oakoom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The lineage of the name Oakoom begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Yorkshire. The surname Oakoom is associated with the parish of Acomb, which was located on the outskirts of the city of York.
Early Origins of the Oakoom family
The surname Oakoom 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. 
By 1222, the village was listed as Akum.  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  and Willelmus de Acom who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Important Dates for the Oakoom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oakoom 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 Oakoom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oakoom Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Oakoom has undergone many spelling variations, including Acombe, Acomb, Acome, Acom, Acum, Akum, A Combe and others.
Early Notables of the Oakoom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oakoom family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Oakoom were among those contributors: Robert Acom who settled in Virginia in 1642; and Thomas Acome who settled in Virginia in 1642.
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