Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Bidlecum is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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 Bidlecum literally means the dweller at Bitta's valley.
Early Origins of the Bidlecum family
The surname Bidlecum was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bidlecum family
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Bidlecum Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bidlecum has been spelled many different ways, including Biddlecombe, Bittiscumbe, Bittiscombe, Bitelescumbe, Biteliscombe, Biddelcombe, Biddalcomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Bidlecum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bidlecum family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bidlecums to arrive in North America: Walter Biddelcombe who arrived in Michigan in 1892.
The Bidlecum 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