Smallcombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Smallcombe family

The surname Smallcombe was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Smallacombe, held by Roger from Baldwin the Sheriff of Devon, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Smallcombe family

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Smallcombe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Smallacombe, Smallicombe, Smalacombe, Smalicombe, Smallcombe and many more.

Early Notables of the Smallcombe family (pre 1700)

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Australia Smallcombe migration to Australia +

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

Smallcombe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edwin Smallcombe, (b. 1815), aged 27, English blacksmith who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 4th October 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-gray


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