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The name Holcomb first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Holcombe, 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Holcomb family

The surname Holcomb was first found in Devon where Holcombe Rogus is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] Rogo held the manor in 1086.

From this earliest reference, the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I. listed Henry de Holecoumbe, Devon, Henry III-Edward I. [3] Later the Hundrodorum Rolls of 1273 listed: John de Holecumbe, Somerset, Geoffrey de Holecumb, Oxfordshire, and Simon de Holecumb, Oxfordshire. [4]

The source Old English Bynames listed Brihtmer at Holacumbe c.1100-30 and Adam de Holecumb was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1256. [5]

Early History of the Holcomb family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holcomb research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1525, 1690, 1750, 1690, 1706, 1708, 1707 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Holcomb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holcomb Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Holcomb has appeared include Holcombe, Holcomb and others.

Early Notables of the Holcomb family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Henry Holcombe (1690?-1750?), English musical composer, born about 1690, probably at Shrewsbury, and was a chorister there. " While still a boy, he came to London, and took part in the ‘Anglo-Italian’ operatic performances at Drury Lane. His...
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Holcomb Ranking

In the United States, the name Holcomb is the 959th most popular surname with an estimated 32,331 people with that name. [6]

United States Holcomb migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Holcomb arrived in North America very early:

Holcomb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Holcomb who settled in Nantucket Massachusetts in 1630
Holcomb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ewd. R. Holcomb, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1894
Holcomb Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James F. Holcomb, aged 68, who immigrated to the United States from Jhansi, India, in 1905
  • George Holcomb, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Benjamin Holcomb, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • B.R. Holcomb, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Cora Holcomb, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Holcomb migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holcomb Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jeremiah Holcomb U.E., "Jaramiah" from Hakingsack, New Jersey, USA who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport [7]
  • Mr. John Holcomb Jr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holcomb (post 1700) +

  • Steven Holcomb (1980-2017), American twenty-eight time gold medalist bobsledder
  • Bobby Holcomb (1947-1991), American artist and musician
  • Sarah Holcomb (b. 1960), American actress
  • Drew Holcomb, American singer and songwriter
  • Amasa Holcomb (1787-1875), American farmer, surveyor, civil engineer, businessman, and manufacturer of surveying instruments
  • William Robert "Bob" Holcomb (1922-2010), American politician and attorney
  • Corey Holcomb, American stand-up comedian, radio host, and actor
  • Raed Elhamali Holcomb (b. 1979), American professional basketball player
  • Stuart K. Holcomb (1910-1977), American football and basketball coach
  • Roscoe Holcomb (1912-1981), American singer, banjo player, and guitarist
  • ... (Another 55 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook