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About the study

The Pincombe family, according to the 1620 Visitation, arrived at North Molton with Lord de la Zouch following the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1483.  Prior to their moving to North Molton, I believe that they were at Pencombe Manor in Herefordshire. They have lived in Devon from the 1480s to the present and until the mid 1800s 90% of Pincombe surnames could be found in Devon. I suspect that this is a singleton surname.

Variant names

Pincombe, Pencombe, Pyncombe, Pyncomb, Pincomb, Pinkham

Name origin

This would appear to be a location name with pin reflecting a growth of pine trees perhaps and Comb being a valley (a pine valley).

Name frequency

Statistics about this name

Rank Order1525016413-1163
Occurrences per million names56+1

Distribution of the name

International Comparisons International Comparisons Rate As % of GB rate in 1998 Great Britain Frequency (1998) 295 100 Great Britain Frequency (1881) 146 Great Britain Rate (1998) 6 Great Britain Rate (1881) 5 Northern Ireland 0.00 0.0 Republic of Ireland 0.00 0.0 Australia 0.00 0.0 New Zealand 0.00 0.0 United States 1.37 18.7 Canada 14.74 201.1


The 1641-42 Protestation Returns for Bishops Nympton list John Pincombe sen, John Pincombe jun, William Pincombe sen and William Pincombe jun. I found this to be most interesting. William Pincombe sen and William Pincombe jun are father and son. However, John Pincombe sen is the son of Richard Pincombe and his second wife Francis Gill and John Pincombe jun is the son of William Pincombe sen who was a son of Richard Pincombe and his first wife Anne (last name unknown at the moment). Since they were uncle and nephew perhaps it was simply an easy way to identify them in documents.


I have also found DNA results on line for my PINCOMBE family (descendant of the brother of my 3x great grandfather Robert PINCOMBE (YSEARCH - XSEN6) and he would be my fifth cousin I believe). I have set up a DNA Pincombe Surname Study at FT DNA and all PINCOMBE/PINKHAM/PYNCOMBE etc. (and please let me know of other spellings) are welcomed to join the list. Details can be found at the - Pincombe Surname Study. In the top right hand corner of the navigation area there is a clickable 'Request to Join this Group' and if you have already had your DNA tested you can join the group directly or you can follow the link to more details on the project and decide whether you want to be tested.