Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the bearers of the Kom family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found on the bank of a river or stream named the of Cam.
The surname Kom is topographic
in nature, the type of surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a river or stream. The surname also refers to the camb,
which is the crest of a hill or a dike.
Early Origins of the Kom family
The surname Kom was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Kom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kom research.Another 570 words (41 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1162, 1184, 1205, 1214, 1221, 1275, 1320, 1326, 1500, 1633, 1716, and 1733 are included under the topic Early Kom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kom Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Kom include Cam, Camm, Camme, Caham, Cahm, Cahme and others.
Early Notables of the Kom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kom family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kom or a variant listed above: Thomas Cam who arrived in Maine in 1605.