Whitcombe is a toponymic surname dating back to the ninth century.

The surname derives from Old English ‘Wid’ and ‘Cumb’ aka ‘Wide Valley’. This gradually became ‘Widecome’, registered in the Anglo-Saxon Charters (934), then Domesday Book (1086), before evolving to ‘Wydecombe’ (1461), and eventually ‘Whitcombe’ (1573). Source: Wikipedia

Surnames were used at the time to distinguish people from one another. Some were based on a father’s name (Davidson, Johnson, Richardson etc.), others an occupation (Baker, Blacksmith, Mason etc.), and others a place of residence – typically adopted by families that held land.

The tiny village of Whitcombe, more of a Hamlet today, is located in Dorset, South West England, UK. It comprises a church, half a dozen thatch roof cottages, and a Manor House

Over the centuries Whitcombe’s have gone on to become notable artists, explorers and sporting legends… as well as skilled workers, executives and parents.

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