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

There are several places named Newland in Britain. It is unclear whether the Newlin surname was derived from a place name, or whether it was taken on by someone lived on some land only recently cultivated.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Newlin include Newland, Newling, Newley, Nieland, Newlan and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newlin research. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1469, 1597, 1688, 1640 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Newlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Newlin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Newlin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Newlin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Nicholas Newlin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683

Newlin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Newlin, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850
  • W R Newlin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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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: Le Nom, les armes, la loyauté
Motto Translation: The Name, the arms, the loyalty.

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The Newlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newlin 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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