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Early Origins of the Anscombe family

The surname Anscombe was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Anscombe family

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Anscombe Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Anscombe include Aynscombe, Ainscombe, Aynscomb, Ainscomb, Haynscomb, Hainscomb, Aynscum and many more.

Early Notables of the Anscombe family

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United States Anscombe migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Anscombe or a variant listed above:

Anscombe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Anscombe, aged 40, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Anscombe (post 1700) +

  • John Anscombe (1838-1881), English first class cricketer
  • Edmund Anscombe (1874-1948), English-born, New Zealand town planner and architect, known for his work on the 1925-26 NZ and South Seas International Exhibition and the 1940 New Zealand Centennial Exhibition
  • Francis John "Frank" Anscombe (1918-2001), English statistician, founding chairman of the statistics department at Yale University in 1963 who developed the Anscombe transform and Anscombe's quartet
  • Mark Anscombe, New Zealand rugby union coach
  • Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe (1919-2001), British analytic philosopher on Facebook