Ferncume is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from a family once having 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 Ferncume family
The surname Ferncume 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 Ferncume family
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Ferncume Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ferncume has been recorded under many different variations, including Farncombe, Farncomb, Farncorn and others.
Early Notables of the Ferncume family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferncume family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ferncume or a variant listed above: Andrew Farncorn arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773.