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Newcomb is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a new person in town; a person who had just arrived to live in the area. The name Newcomb is derived from the Old English elements niwe, which means new, and cumen, which means come. The name is therefore transliterated as "newly come." Nickname surnames were frequently the result of a spontaneous reaction to a particular occasion or event.

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The surname Newcomb 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.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Newcomb were recorded, including Newcombe, Newcom, Newcomb, Newcome, Newcomen and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newcomb research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1669, 1627 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Newcomb History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newcomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Newcomb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Newcomb family emigrate to North America:

Newcomb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Newcomb, who settled in Maine in 1630
  • Francis Newcomb, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Arthur Newcomb, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Eliz Newcomb, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Newcomb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edmd Newcomb, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Mary Newcomb, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Richard Newcomb, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1704 with his wife Mary

Newcomb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Newcomb, who landed in America in 1806
  • John Newcomb, aged 33, arrived in Maine in 1812
  • R Newcomb, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S S Newcomb, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • Daniel Newcomb (b. 1800), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Oregon State Constitutional Convention from Jackson County, 1857
  • Daniel Newcomb, American politician, Justice of New Hampshire State Supreme Court, 1796-98; Member of New Hampshire State Senate, 1800, 1805-06
  • Cordial Newcomb, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Tolland, 1824, 1826, 1835
  • Charles S. Newcomb, American politician, Mayor of Torrington, Connecticut, 1926-29
  • Carol Newcomb, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1988
  • Carman Adam Newcomb (1830-1902), American Republican politician, Fayette County Circuit Judge, 1855-60; Member of Missouri State House of Representatives, 1865-66; U.S. Representative from Missouri 2nd District, 1867-69
  • Alexander H. Newcomb (1824-1888), American Republican politician, Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, 1860-61
  • David R. Newcomb, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1960
  • Ebenezer Newcomb, American politician, Postmaster at Polsley's Mill, Virginia, 1827-43; Fairmont, Virginia, 1843-50
  • Edward C. Newcomb, American Democrat politician, Common Pleas Court Judge in Pennsylvania 45th District, 1901-29; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916

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  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Newcomb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newcomb Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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