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The family history of the ancient name Newcomen
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Newcomen
include Newcome, Newcomb and Newcombe. This is a nickname meaning 'the new comen', from a person who was new in the community. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Gilbert le Neucum, County Lincolnshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a Robert Neucomen, County Lincolnshire, who was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by the method of creating and updating these old reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
Other examples of this name were found in the persons of a Robert Maddison and Elizabeth Newcomen who were granted a marriage license in Canterbury, in 1660. In Ireland this name was introduced into Ulster Province by settlers, especially during the seventeenth century.
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Newcomen