Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Verncomb is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived 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 Verncomb family
The surname Verncomb 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 Verncomb family
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Verncomb Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Verncomb has been spelled many different ways, including Farncombe, Farncomb, Farncorn and others.
Early Notables of the Verncomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Verncomb family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Verncombs to arrive in North America: Andrew Farncorn arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773.