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The ancestry of the name Okoom dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire. The surname Okoom is associated with the parish of Acomb, which was located on the outskirts of the city of York.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Okoom have been found, including Acombe, Acomb, Acome, Acom, Acum, Akum, A Combe and others.
First found in Yorkshire, at Acomb which is now a suburb within the City of York Unitary Authority. The place name is most likely derived from the Old English acum, which meant "at the oak trees." The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Achum, Acum and Acun, and was land held by the Archbishop of York. The village was designated as a manor held by St. Peter. There was land enough for 8 ploughs and there were 14 rent-paying tenants.  By 1222, the village was listed as Akum.  East and West Acomb, Northumberland have traditionally been quite a bit smaller than the Yorkshire village with West Acomb being the larger of the two. In both of these latter cases, the first record of the place name was with the Akum spelling in 1268. Hadrian's Wall runs about 1 mile (1.5 km), north east of Acomb, Northumberland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Okoom research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1210, 1325, 1379, 1525, 1574, 1670, 1692 and 1767 are included under the topic Early Okoom History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Okoom, or a variant listed above: Robert Acom who settled in Virginia in 1642; and Thomas Acome who settled in Virginia in 1642.
The Okoom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Okoom 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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