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Harcombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Harcombe is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Holcombe, a very common place-name found in various locations throughout England. There are Holcombes in Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Oxfordshire, and Somerset. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements hol, which means deep or hollow, and cumb, which means valley. The place-name taken as a whole means "deep hollow valley."

Early Origins of the Harcombe family


The surname Harcombe was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Harcombe family


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Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1301 is included under the topic Early Harcombe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harcombe Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Harcombe has been spelled many different ways, including Holcombe, Holcomb and others.

Early Notables of the Harcombe family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Harcombe family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Harcombes to arrive in North America:

Harcombe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emma Harcombe, aged 44, who landed in America from Devizes, England, in 1919
  • Fred Harcombe, who emigrated to America, in 1919

Harcombe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Harcombe, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  • William Harcombe, aged 19, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  • George Harcombe, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday February 7th, 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1856.shtml

Contemporary Notables of the name Harcombe (post 1700)


  • John Dowie Harcombe (1883-1954), English first-class cricketer

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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Friday February 7th, 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1856.shtml

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