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

The name Newsom has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in one of the various places called Newsham, Newsam, or Newsholme. These names are common in the north of England and all mean at the new houses. The surname Newsom belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname Newsom belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The name is derived from the Old English words niwe + hus which are an earlier form of niwum or husum which means "place at the new houses". [1]


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Newsom have been found, including Newsham, Newsam, Newsone, Newson, Newsholme, Newsun and many more.

First found in West Yorkshire where the village of Newsome can still be found today, located about 1 mile south of Huddersfield. Newsholme is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire and a township named Newsholm is found in the parish of Gisburne, near Clitheroe in the West Rising of Yorkshire. There are numerous entries in the Domesday Book using the spellings: Neuhusum, Newhusum, Neuhuse, Neuhuse and others [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newsom research. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1721 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Newsom History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newsom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Newsom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 118 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Newsom, or a variant listed above:

Newsom Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James and Elizabeth Newsom, who came to Virginia in 1642
  • Eliz Newsom, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Newsom Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Newsom, aged 27, arrived in Delaware in 1812


  • David D Newsom (b. 1918), American administrator, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1969-1974)
  • Carroll Vincent Newsom (1904-1990), American Mathematics professor, president of New York University (1956-1962)
  • Louis Norman "Bobo" Newsom (1907-1962), American Major League Baseball player
  • David Newsom (b. 1962), American actor and fine-arts photographer
  • David D. Newsom (1918-2008), former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1969-1974)
  • Gavin Newsom (b. 1967), American Democratic politician, Mayor of San Francisco (since 2004)
  • Joanna Newsom (b. 1982), American musician and songwriter
  • Ted Newsom (b. 1952), American writer, director and actor
  • Tommy Newsom (1929-2007), American saxophone player in the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
  • Miss Helen Monypeny Newsom, aged 19, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5



  • Possums Run over Their Graves by Rebecca Newsom Dobson,

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Newsom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newsom 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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