Early Origins of the Challacombe family
The surname Challacombe 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 Challacombe family
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Challacombe Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Chalacombe, Challacombe, Chalcombe, Chalcum, Chalcumbe, Chalcumb, Challacumb and many more.
Early Notables of the Challacombe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Challacombe family to Ireland
Some of the Challacombe family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Challacombe family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Challacombe or a variant listed above:
Challacombe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Challacombe, who settled in Stafford, Genesee County, NY in 1833
- John Challacombe, who landed in New York in 1838 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Nicholas Challacombe, who was naturalized in Madison county, Illinois in 1847
Contemporary Notables of the name Challacombe (post 1700)
- Dr. Wesley Challacombe, American a faculty member at Blackburn College Illinois from 1894 to 1957
- John R. Challacombe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1904 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- William Allen Nicholas Challacombe (1863-1951), Oxford graduate, and curate