Yocom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the Yocom surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Yorkshire. The surname Yocom is associated with the parish of Acomb, which was located on the outskirts of the city of York.
Early Origins of the Yocom family
The surname Yocom was first found in Yorkshire, at Acomb which is now a suburb within the City of York Unitary Authority. The place name is most likely derived from the Old English acum, which meant "at the oak trees." The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Achum, Acum and Acun, and was land held by the Archbishop of York. The village was designated as a manor held by St. Peter. There was land enough for 8 ploughs and there were 14 rent-paying tenants. 
By 1222, the village was listed as Akum.  East and West Acomb, Northumberland have traditionally been quite a bit smaller than the Yorkshire village with West Acomb being the larger of the two. In both of these latter cases, the first record of the place name was with the Akum spelling in 1268. Hadrian's Wall runs about 1 mile (1.5 km), north east of Acomb, Northumberland.
Some of the first records of the family were Philip de Akum, who was registered in Yorkshire in 1210  and Willelmus de Acom who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Early History of the Yocom family
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Yocom Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Yocom include Acombe, Acomb, Acome, Acom, Acum, Akum, A Combe and others.
Early Notables of the Yocom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Yocom family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Robert Acom who settled in Virginia in 1642; and Thomas Acome who settled in Virginia in 1642.
Contemporary Notables of the name Yocom (post 1700) +
- Leonard Yocom, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944 
- David E. Yocom, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 2000, 2004 
- A. D. Yocom, American Democrat politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate 37th District; Elected 1975, 1979 
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html