The name Donscombe belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their 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 Donscombe family
The surname Donscombe 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 Donscombe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donscombe 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 Donscombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donscombe Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Donscombe include Duncombe, Duncome, Duncomb, Duncome, Dunscomb, Dunscombe, Duncumb and many more.
Early Notables of the Donscombe 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 Donscombe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donscombe family to Ireland
Some of the Donscombe 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 Donscombe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Donscombe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..