Dunscomb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Dunscomb has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family 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 Dunscomb family
The surname Dunscomb 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." 
Important Dates for the Dunscomb family
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Dunscomb Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dunscomb have been found, including Duncombe, Duncome, Duncomb, Duncome, Dunscomb, Dunscombe, Duncumb and many more.
Early Notables of the Dunscomb 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; and William Duncombe (1690-1769), British author and playwright.
Anthony Duncombe (died 1708), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Hedon (1698-1702) and (1702-1707.) Hi son, Anthony Duncombe (1695-1763), was Sheriff of London, who was created 1st Baron Feversham in 1747. He was later Lord Feversham, Baron of Downton, in the County of Wilts. However, Lord...
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Dunscomb migration to the United States
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dunscomb, or a variant listed above:
Typical Dunscomb Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Dunscomb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Dunscomb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Contemporary Notables of the name Dunscomb (post 1700)
- Captain Edward Dunscomb, American noted New York soldier in the American Revolutionary War
- Catharine Dunscomb (1778-1850), American wife of Philip Hone (1780-1851), 57th Mayor of New York City from 1826 to 1827
- Edward Dunscomb, Newfoundland landholder who sold 124 acres near the old Pearl Estate on Brookfield Road, which would later become part of Mount Pearl, now the second largest city in Newfoundland
- John William Dunscomb (1804-1891), Newfoundland-born, Canadian merchant and politician who represented Beauharnois in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1841 to 1842
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- ^ 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)