18 July 2011

Newcombe vs. Newcomb

B.M. Newcomb wrote that the name is usually spelled Newcombe in Canada and Newcomb in the U.S. That is largely correct, but the use of the final e occurs in the states, especially as we go further back in history. Nevertheless, both BMN and the earlier family genealogist, J.B. Newcomb, used the e-less spelling for everyone. For the most part, I have followed their example. But we should be aware that many of our Canadian ancestors and relatives did, and still do, use that final e. So when doing research, we need to look for both spellings, as well as other common variations, such as Newcome and Newcom.

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