Butcum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Butcum is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the village of Butcombe in the county of Somerset.

Early Origins of the Butcum family

The surname Butcum 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 Butcum family

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

Butcum 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. Butcum has been spelled many different ways, including Buncombe, Butcombe, Bounecombe, Bunecombe, Buncomb, Boncombe and many more.

Early Notables of the Butcum family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Butcum family

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 Butcums to arrive in North America: 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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