The name Bascomb was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Bascomb family lived in Boscombe, Wiltshire
where one reference from 1273 suggests that "Boscumbe" may have derived from the Old English words meaning a 'valley overgrown with spiky plants.' Today Boscombe is a suburb of Bournemouth, Dorset
and includes Boscombe Manor, built by Phillip Norris in 1801. "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" was one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published in the Strand Magazine in 1891.
Early Origins of the Bascomb family
The surname Bascomb was first found in Wiltshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. They were conjecturally descended from Edward a tenant
of William d'Eu as shown in the Domesday Book
taken in 1086 by William Duke of Normandy
showing the lands granted by the king to his nobles.
Early History of the Bascomb family
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Bascomb Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Bascomb has been recorded under many different variations, including Bascum, Bascomb, Bascome, Bascombe, Bascom, Baskomb, Boscomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Bascomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bascomb family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Bascombs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Bascomb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Bascomb, who arrived in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1630 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- George Bascomb, who settled in Somers Island in 1673
Bascomb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- B. Bascomb, who arrived in Portland, Maine, in 1821
Contemporary Notables of the name Bascomb (post 1700)
- Neal Bascomb (b. 1971), American writer and critic
- Wilbur "Bad" Bascomb, American bassist
- William Odell "Dud" Bascomb (1916-1972), American jazz trumpeter
- Paul Bascomb (1912-1986), American jazz musician
The Bascomb Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Forti et fideli nihil difficile
Motto Translation: Nothing is difficult to the brave and the faithful.