Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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 Holcomb family
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 Holcomb family
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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)
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Migration of the Holcomb family to the New World and Oceana
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
Holcomb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Holcomb Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Holcomb Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Holcomb (post 1700)
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