Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Barnhoomb surname lived in the parish named Barnham in Hampshire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English words beorg, meaning hill, and ham, meaning homestead.
Early Origins of the Barnhoomb family
Hampshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Southwick, some say, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Barnhoomb family
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Barnhoomb Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Barnhoomb 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. The variations of the name Barnhoomb include: Barnham, Barnhum, Barnum, Barnam, Barnhem, Barnem and others.
Early Notables of the Barnhoomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barnhoomb family to the New World and Oceana
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 Barnhoomb or a variant listed above: James Barnham who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1785.
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