Early Origins of the Chalacombe family
The surname Chalacombe was first found in Devon
at Challacombe, a parish, in the union of Barnstaple, hundred
of Sherwill. The name Challacombe literally means "cold valley", having been derived from the Old English words ceald ('cold') and cumb ('valley'). CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Challacombe held by a steward of the Geoffri de Mowbray, Bishop of Coutance, a powerful Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Challacombe (1902-1917) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire named after the village.
Early History of the Chalacombe family
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Chalacombe Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Chalacombe, Challacombe, Chalcombe, Chalcum, Chalcumbe, Chalcumb, Challacumb and many more.
Early Notables of the Chalacombe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chalacombe family to Ireland
Some of the Chalacombe family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Chalacombe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Chalacombe or a variant listed above: Robert Challacome, a servant sent from Bristol to the plantations of Virginia in 1661; John Challacombe, who settled in Stafford, Genesee County, N. Y. in 1833.