Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bitiscombe family once 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 Bitiscombe literally means the dweller at Bitta's valley.
Early Origins of the Bitiscombe family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bitiscombe family
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Bitiscombe Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bitiscombe family name include Biddlecombe, Bittiscumbe, Bittiscombe, Bitelescumbe, Biteliscombe, Biddelcombe, Biddalcomb and many more.
Early Notables of the Bitiscombe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bitiscombe family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bitiscombe surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Walter Biddelcombe who arrived in Michigan in 1892.
The Bitiscombe 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
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