Bascoomb is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bascoomb 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 Bascoomb family
The surname Bascoomb 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 Bascoomb family
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Bascoomb Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bascoomb were recorded, including Bascum, Bascomb, Bascome, Bascombe, Bascom, Baskomb, Boscomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Bascoomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bascoomb family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bascoomb arrived in North America very early: Thomas Baskom who settled in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1630; George Bascomb settled in Somers Island in 1673; B. Bascomb arrived in Portland, Maine, in 1821.
The Bascoomb 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.