Whinchcombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Whinchcombe family
The surname Whinchcombe was first found in Gloucestershire at Winchcombe, a Cottswold town. They held a family seat there, some say, before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. Winchcombe was held, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086, from the chief tenant, which was Gloucester Abbey. It consisted of three mills within a small village, and was once an Anglo Saxon walled city. The town pre-dates the Conquest by over two centuries as the first listing was in 810 when it was known as Wincelcumbe. The place name literally means "valley with a bend in it" from the Old English wincel + cumb. 
Early History of the Whinchcombe family
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Whinchcombe Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Winchcomb, Winchcombe, Wincecombe, Wincomb, Wincombe, Winchecomb, Winchecombe, Wincams and many more.
Early Notables of the Whinchcombe family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Winchcombe (d. 1520), alias Smalwoode, an English clothier, "popularly known as Jack of Newbury, describes himself in his will as 'John Smalewoode the elder, alias John Wynchcombe, of the parishe of Seynt Nicholas in Newberry.' He is said by Herbert to have been descended from a Simon de Winchcombe, a rich draper of Candlewyk Street, London, who was Sheriff of London in 1379. He was, however, associated with Newbury from his earliest years, was there apprenticed to a clothier, and subsequently acquired great wealth through his successful pursuit of that trade...
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Migration of the Whinchcombe family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Wincams who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763; Thomas Winchcombe arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1752.
- Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)