The name Biddalcombe first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Bittiscombe, in Somerset
. The placename was first recorded in 1180 in the form Bitelescumba,
and experts theorize that it is derived from the Old English personal name Bitel
and the word cumb,
which means valley.
Thus the surname Biddalcombe literally means the dweller at Bitta's valley.
Early Origins of the Biddalcombe family
The surname Biddalcombe was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Biddalcombe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biddalcombe research.Another 501 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1273, 1500, 1576, 1747, 1750, 1807, 1807 and 1878 are included under the topic Early Biddalcombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Biddalcombe Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Biddalcombe has appeared include Biddlecombe, Bittiscumbe, Bittiscombe, Bitelescumbe, Biteliscombe, Biddelcombe, Biddalcomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Biddalcombe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Biddalcombe family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Biddalcombe arrived in North America very early: Walter Biddelcombe who arrived in Michigan in 1892.
The Biddalcombe 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: Non Omnis Moriam
Motto Translation: Not all memory