In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Farncombe surname lived in Farncombe, in Surrey
. The place-name Farncombe was listed in the Domesday Book
was held by the Bishop of Bayeux. This name is derived from the Old English elements fearn,
which was the word for fern, and combe,
a word for a valley.
Early Origins of the Farncombe family
The surname Farncombe was first found in Surrey
at Farncombe, a village that is today part of the Borough of Waverley. The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Ferncome and literally meant "valley where ferns grow" from the Old English words "fern" + "cumb" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
At that time, it was part of the Godalming hundred
, lands held by the Bishop of Bayeux, had land enough for two ploughs and had 15 acres of meadows. There was also a manor there at the time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Farncombe family
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Farncombe Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Farncombe are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Farncombe include: Farncombe, Farncomb, Farncorn and others.
Early Notables of the Farncombe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farncombe family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Farncombe or a variant listed above: Andrew Farncorn arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773.
Contemporary Notables of the name Farncombe (post 1700)
- Charles Frederick Farncombe (1919-2006), English conductor, Musical Director of the Handel Opera Society