The name Bidlecumb is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family 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 Bidlecumb literally means the dweller at Bitta's valley.
Early Origins of the Bidlecumb family
The surname Bidlecumb was first found in Somerset
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bidlecumb family
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Bidlecumb Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bidlecumb were recorded, including Biddlecombe, Bittiscumbe, Bittiscombe, Bitelescumbe, Biteliscombe, Biddelcombe, Biddalcomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Bidlecumb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bidlecumb family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bidlecumb family emigrate to North America: Walter Biddelcombe who arrived in Michigan in 1892.
The Bidlecumb 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