The ancestors of the Harcum surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in Holcombe, a very common place-name found in various locations throughout England
. There are Holcombes in Devon
, 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 Harcum family
The surname Harcum 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 Harcum family
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Harcum Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Harcum include Holcombe, Holcomb and others.
Early Notables of the Harcum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harcum family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Thomas Holcomb who settled in Nantucket Massachusetts in 1630; Andrew and Thomas Holcombe settled in Barbados in 1663; Sarah Holcombe settled in Jamaica in 1664.
Contemporary Notables of the name Harcum (post 1700)
- W. Blan Harcum, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Maryland, 1972 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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