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Where did the English Newman family come from? What is the English Newman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Newman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Newman family history?

The name Newman comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a stranger or newcomer. The surname Newman is derived from the Old English words neowe, niwe, and nige, which all mean new, and the word mann, which means man.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Newman has undergone many spelling variations, including Newman, Newmen, Newmin and others.

First found in Dorset where they held a family seat from early times. There are also early records of Stangrim Noueman listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1166; Godwin Nieweman listed in the Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire in 1169; and Robert le Nyman in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [1] The Hundred Rolls of 1273 lists four entries for the name: Robert Niweman in Cambridgeshire; Herbert le Niweman in Oxfordshire; Matthew Neuman in Huntingdon; and John le Neuman in Bedfordshire. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newman research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1663, 1636 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Newman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Newman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Newman were among those contributors:

Newman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Robart Newman, who landed in Virginia in 1618
  • William Newman, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Robest Newman, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • George Newman settled in Maine in 1630
  • Francis Newman (died 1660), an English colonist to New Hampshire in 1634, Governor of the New Haven Colony (1658 to 1659)

Newman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Richd Newman, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Roger Newman, who landed in Maryland in 1704
  • Adam Newman, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Adam Newman, who settled in Virginia in 1704
  • Reuben Newman, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Newman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Edouard Newman, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • Patrick Newman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • John P. Newman, who landed in New York in 1808
  • Frances Newman, aged 28, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Charles Newman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823

Newman Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Jacob Newman, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
  • Michael Newman, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Annie Mary Newman, who arrived in Alabama in 1928


  • David Newman (1933-2009), American jazz saxophonist
  • Donald J. Newman (1930-2007), American mathematician and professor
  • James Hansen Newman (b. 1956), former NASA astronaut with over 43 days in space
  • Charles Michael "Chuck" Newman (b. 1946), American mathematician and physicist
  • Arnold Abner Newman (1918-2006), award-winning American photographer
  • Paul Leonard Newman (1925-2008), Academy Award, Golden Globe, Cannes Award, and Emmy Award winning American actor and film director
  • Robert Loftin Newman (1827-1912), American painter and stained-glass designer
  • Walter Newman (1916-1993), American radio writer and screenwriter nominated three times for Academy Awards
  • Captain Beryl R Newman (1911-1998), American Army officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Steve Newman (b. 1953), American soccer forward



  • The Newman Family: Descendants of Davis and Nancy Newman, 1780, Spartanburg County District, South Carolina by William Alton Newman.
  • The Neumanns: Wisconsin Pioneers, 1848-1978 by Kathleen Neumann Graber.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ubi amor ibi fides
Motto Translation: Where there is love there is faith.


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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  11. ...

The Newman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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