Whitcombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitcombe family

The surname Whitcombe 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 Whitcombe family

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Whitcombe Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Whitcombe family (pre 1700)

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Australia Whitcombe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Whitcombe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Whitcombe, (b. 1818), aged 22, Cornish gardener from Falmouth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Earl Grey" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 20th February 1840 [1]
  • Mrs. Hannah Whitcombe, (Whitcomb, Self), (b. 1812), aged 39, English cook who was convicted in Wells, Somerset, England for 7 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 22nd April 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), she died in 1878 [2]

New Zealand Whitcombe migration to New Zealand +

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:

Whitcombe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles H. Whitcombe, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Light Brigade" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1868 [3]
  • G. H. Whitcombe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1871
  • George Whitcombe, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Miss Emily Whitcombe, (b. 1874), aged 6 months, Cornish settler departing on 2nd July 1874 aboard the ship "Douglas" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 22nd October 1874 [4]
  • Mr. Frederick G. Whitcombe, (b. 1855), aged 19, Cornish smith departing on 2nd July 1874 aboard the ship "Douglas" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 22nd October 1874 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Whitcombe (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Philip Sidney Whitcombe (1893-1989), English cricketer who played from 1922 to 1931
  • Philip Arthur Whitcombe (1923-2015), English cricketer who played 34 first-class matches between 1949 and 1953, son of Major-General Philip Sidney Whitcombe
  • Martin Alun Whitcombe (b. 1961), English former Rugby Union footballer
  • Reginald Arthur Whitcombe (1898-1957), English professional golfer who had seven professional wins in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Dave Whitcombe (b. 1954), English former professional darts player, winner of the News of the World Darts Championship in 1989
  • Charles A. Whitcombe (1895-1981), English professional golfer from Somerset, who had eight professional wins in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Brian Whitcombe (1934-2021), Welsh Rugby Union footballer for Bradford RFC in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Frederic Whitcombe (b. 1858), New Zealand-born, Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 1898 to 1900
  • George Charles Whitcombe (1902-1986), Welsh footballer from Grangetown, Cardiff, brother of Frank William Whitcombe
  • Thomas Whitcombe (1763-1824), British maritime painter of the Napoleonic Wars whose works were shown at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Hugh Martin Donald Gore Whitcombe, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Havana, Cuba, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [5]
Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. Gilbert Whitcombe (b. 1876), Welsh coal miner from Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died


  1. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Wellington 1872-1880 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nz_wellington.pdf    
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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