The surname Whitcomb was first found in Shropshire where Berwick Mavesyn was settled in Morey. In ancient times, they moved to Wydecombe in Devon.
Early History of the Whitcomb family
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Whitcomb Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Widdicombe, Witchcombe, Whitcombe, Wydecombe and others.
Early Notables of the Whitcomb family (pre 1700)
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Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Whitcomb Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
William Whitcomb, aged 28, a painter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
Matilda Whitcomb, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
Emma J. Whitcomb, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
Elizabeth Whitcomb, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
William Whitcomb, aged 9 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
Edgar Doud Whitcomb (1917-2016), American politician, 43rd Governor of Indiana (1969-1973)
R. Steven Whitcomb, retired United States Army Lieutenant General, Inspector General in the Office of The Inspector General
George Dexter Whitcomb (1834-1914), American manufacturer, founder of the town of Glendora, California and the Whitcomb Locomotive Works
Cynthia Whitcomb, American Emmy Award nominated, Writers Guild of America winning television writer
Aber Whitcomb (b. 1977), American CTO of MindJolt, former CTO and a founder of MySpace
Lot Whitcomb (1807-1857), American entrepreneur who built the first steamship on the Willamette River in 1851
Jon Whitcomb (1906-1988), American illustrator
James Whitcomb (1795-1852), American politician, Democratic United States Senator, eighth Governor of Indiana (1843 to 1848)
Richard T. Whitcomb (1921-2009), American aeronautical engineer with significant contributions to the science of aerodynamics, recipient of the NASADistinguished Service Medal (1956), Howard N. Potts Medal (1979), inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2003)
Christopher Whitcomb, American author and former member of the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team
Mr. Cecil Eugene Whitcomb, American Electrician's Mate Third Class from Michigan, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking 
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)