Bunchcome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bunchcome is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Butcombe in the county of Somerset.

Early Origins of the Bunchcome family

The surname Bunchcome was first found in Somerset, where "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Buncombe,' or 'Boncombe,' some spot in the West country." [1] Kirby's Quest notes that Richard de Bounecombe was listed there, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [2]

Early History of the Bunchcome family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bunchcome research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1327 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Bunchcome History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bunchcome Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bunchcome family name include Buncombe, Butcombe, Bounecombe, Bunecombe, Buncomb, Boncombe and many more.

Early Notables of the Bunchcome family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Bunchcome Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bunchcome family

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 Bunchcome surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Bunchcombe who arrived in Virginia in 1663.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.


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