The present generation of the Handscomb family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Hanscombe, in the county of Bedfordshire. The village name comes from an Old English personal nameHan, and the Old English word camp, meaning "enclosed land."
Early Origins of the Handscomb family
The surname Handscomb was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Handscomb family
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Handscomb 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 Handscomb include Handscomb, Hanscomb, Hanscombe, Handscombe, Handcome, Hanscom, Handscom, Hanscome and many more.
Early Notables of the Handscomb family (pre 1700)
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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 Handscomb were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Handscomb Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
William A. Handscomb, aged 21, originally from Doncaster, England, arrived in New York City, New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England
Hannah Handscomb, aged 35, originally from Maiden Grove, England, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Southampton, England
Hannah Handscomb, aged 44, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England