name Bunchcolm comes from when the family resided in the village of Butcombe in the county of Somerset.
, where "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Buncombe,' or 'Boncombe,' some spot in the West country."
Kirby's Quest notes that Richard de Bounecombe was listed there, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.)
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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bunchcolm include Buncombe, Butcombe, Bounecombe, Bunecombe, Buncomb, Boncombe and many more.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William Bunchcombe who arrived in Virginia in 1663.