Luscombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Luscombe name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Luscombe was originally derived from a family having lived in the region of Luscombe in the counties of Devon, Dorset, and Cornwall. Luscombe is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Luscombe family

The surname Luscombe was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Luscombe family

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Luscombe 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 Luscombe include Luscombe, Luscomb, Lustcomb, Liscomb, Listcomb and others.

Early Notables of the Luscombe family (pre 1700)

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Luscombe Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Luscombe is the 689th most popular surname with an estimated 63 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Luscombe family to Ireland

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United States Luscombe migration to the United States +

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:

Luscombe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Luscombe, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Luscombe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Luscombe, (b. 1856), aged 48, Cornish settler, from Redruth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Germanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 12th September 1904 en route to Negaunee, Michigan, USA [2]

Australia Luscombe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Luscombe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Luscombe, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for life, transported aboard the "Eden" on 27th August 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. Edwin Luscombe, (b. 1823), aged 24, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 3rd July 1849, sentenced for 10 years for stealing sail-cloth from Constantine Johns of Treringay, transported aboard the ship "Mermaid" on 30th December 1850 to Western Australia, Australia [4]
  • George Luscombe, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

New Zealand Luscombe migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Luscombe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J H Luscombe, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide [5]
  • J.H. Luscombe, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858 [5]
  • John Luscombe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Hannah Luscombe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863

West Indies Luscombe migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Luscombe Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Luscombe, who settled in Barbados in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Luscombe (post 1700) +

  • Shirley B. Luscombe, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 8th Ward, 1948
  • J. B. Luscombe Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1956
  • Donald Arthur Luscombe (1895-1965), American businessman and entrepreneur
  • Matthew Henry Thornhill Luscombe (1776-1846), English missionary bishop of the Anglican Communion
  • Sir John Luscombe (1848-1937), English rugby union international
  • The Right Rev Lawrence Edward Luscombe (b. 1924), eminent English Anglican priest and author
  • Francis Luscombe (1849-1926), English rugby union international
  • Nathan John Luscombe (b. 1989), English footballer
  • Lawrence Edward Luscombe OStJ (1924-2022), British Anglican bishop and author from Torquay, Devon, Bishop of Brechin from 1975 to 1990 and primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1985 to 1990
  • Belinda Luscombe, Australian journalist
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Luscombe Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mors omnibus communis
Motto Translation: Death is common to all men.

  1. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ Shadow Time Settlers (Retrieved 5th November 2010), retrieved from
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