The ancestors of the name Bidlecomb date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Bidlecomb literally means the dweller at Bitta's valley.
Early Origins of the Bidlecomb family
The surname Bidlecomb was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bidlecomb family
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Bidlecomb Spelling Variations
Bidlecomb has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bidlecomb have been found, including Biddlecombe, Bittiscumbe, Bittiscombe, Bitelescumbe, Biteliscombe, Biddelcombe, Biddalcomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Bidlecomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bidlecomb family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bidlecombs to arrive on North American shores: Walter Biddelcombe who arrived in Michigan in 1892.
The Bidlecomb 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