Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Doncum is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Duncombe, in Durham
. There is also a Duncombe in Lancashire
which is in the north country too. This local
name was originally derived from the Old English word dun,
which literally means hill.
The second part of the name, comb
was originally derived from the Old English word cumb,
which refers to a short, straight valley.
Therefore Duncombe was literally a hill in a short, straight valley.
Early Origins of the Doncum family
The surname Doncum was first found in Buckinghamshire
where early records show Richard de Ingen held a barony in this shire since the Domesday Book
. The name evolved through many changes; Vitalis D'Ingen reign of King Henry I, which lasted from 1216 to 1272 to Ralph Dungun who was Lord of Tingewick (Rotuli Hundredorum.) From this latter reference, the name was listed as Dunguns, Dengaines, Dungems and then gradually was changed to Duncombe, the more popular spelling since the 16th century. "The manor-house of Tangley [in Wonersh, Surrey], originally a hunting-box of King John's, was in 1585 converted into a residence for the family of Sir Francis Duncombe." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Doncum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doncum research.Another 346 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1718, 1711, 1622, 1687, 1672, 1676, 1648, 1711, 1690, 1769, 1695, 1763, 1747, 1708, 1698, 1702, 1702, 1707, 1685, 1797, 1800 and 1807 are included under the topic Early Doncum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Doncum 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. Doncum has been spelled many different ways, including Duncombe, Duncome, Duncomb, Duncome, Dunscomb, Dunscombe, Duncumb and many more.
Early Notables of the Doncum family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Duncombe (1622-1687), an English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer of England
(1672-1676); Sir Charles Duncombe (1648-1711), English banker and politician who served as a Member of Parliament and Lord Mayor of the City of London; William Duncombe (1690-1769), British author and... Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doncum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Doncum family to Ireland
Some of the Doncum family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Doncum family to the New World and Oceana
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 Doncums to arrive in North America: Joe Duncomb who arrived in Virginia in 1635; John Duncombe settled in Virginia in 1637; Richard Duncombe settled in Virginia in 1660; Thomas Duncombe settled in Virginia in 1653..