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Where did the English Whitcomb family come from? What is the English Whitcomb family crest and coat of arms? When did the Whitcomb family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Whitcomb family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Widdicombe, Witchcombe, Whitcombe, Wydecombe and others.

First found in Shropshire where Berwick Mavesyn was settled in Morey. In ancient times, they moved to Wydecombe in Devon.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitcomb research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whitcomb History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Whitcomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whitcomb Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Whitcomb, who landed in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1654
  • James Whitcomb, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1665

Whitcomb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Whitcomb, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791

Whitcomb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M Whitcomb, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Whitcomb Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Whitcomb arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848

Whitcomb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Whitcomb, aged 28, a painter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Matilda Whitcomb, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Emma J. Whitcomb, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Whitcomb, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • William Whitcomb, aged 9 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874


  • Christopher Whitcomb, American author and former member of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team
  • Edgar Whitcomb (b. 1917), American politician, 43rd Governor of Indiana (1969-1973)
  • Richard T. Whitcomb (1921-2009), American aeronautical engineer with significant contributions to the science of aerodynamics, recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1956), Howard N. Potts Medal (1979), inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2003)
  • James Whitcomb (1795-1852), American politician, Democratic United States Senator, eighth Governor of Indiana (1843 to 1848)
  • Jon Whitcomb (1906-1988), American illustrator
  • Lot Whitcomb (1807-1857), American entrepreneur who built the first steamship on the Willamette River in 1851
  • Aber Whitcomb (b. 1977), American CTO of MindJolt, former CTO and a founder of MySpace
  • Cynthia Whitcomb, American Emmy Award nominated, Writers Guild of America winning television writer
  • George Dexter Whitcomb (1834-1914), American manufacturer, founder of the town of Glendora, California and the Whitcomb Locomotive Works
  • R. Steven Whitcomb, retired United States Army Lieutenant General, Inspector General in the Office of The Inspector General



  • The John Whitcomb Family in Indiana, and Interrelated Branches, 1830-1978 by Margaret Whitcomb Baird.
  • Yankee Heritage, a Sisson Ancestry by Brian J.L. Berry.

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  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Whitcomb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whitcomb 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.

This page was last modified on 26 February 2015 at 09:20.

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