The ancestors of the name Varncomb date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Farncombe, in Surrey
. The place-name Farncombe was listed in the Domesday Book
was held by the Bishop of Bayeux. This name is derived from the Old English elements fearn,
which was the word for fern, and combe,
a word for a valley.
Early Origins of the Varncomb family
The surname Varncomb was first found in Surrey
at Farncombe, a village that is today part of the Borough of Waverley. The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Ferncome and literally meant "valley where ferns grow" from the Old English words "fern" + "cumb" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
At that time, it was part of the Godalming hundred
, lands held by the Bishop of Bayeux, had land enough for two ploughs and had 15 acres of meadows. There was also a manor there at the time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early History of the Varncomb family
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Varncomb Spelling Variations
Varncomb has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Varncomb have been found, including Farncombe, Farncomb, Farncorn and others.
Early Notables of the Varncomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Varncomb family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Varncombs to arrive on North American shores: Andrew Farncorn arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773.