Duncom is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Duncom family once 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 Duncom family
The surname Duncom 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 Duncom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Duncom research.Another 113 words (8 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 Duncom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Duncom Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Duncom family name include Duncombe, Duncome, Duncomb, Duncome, Dunscomb, Dunscombe, Duncumb and many more.
Early Notables of the Duncom 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 Duncom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Duncom family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Duncom surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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..