Newcome Surname History

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Newcome. It was given to a new person in town; a person who had just arrived to live in the area. The name Newcome is derived from the Old English elements niwe, which means new, and cumen, which means come. The name is therefore transliterated as "newly come." Nickname surnames were frequently the result of a spontaneous reaction to a particular occasion or event.

Early Origins of the Newcome family

The surname Newcome was 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.

Important Dates for the Newcome family

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Newcome Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Newcome has appeared include Newcombe, Newcom, Newcomb, Newcome, Newcomen and others.

Early Notables of the Newcome family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Newcome family to Ireland

Some of the Newcome 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Newcome migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Newcome arrived in North America very early:

Newcome Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Newcome, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Newcome, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • William Newcome, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
Newcome Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Newcome, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1706 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Newcome (post 1700)

  • Frederick Clive Newcome (1847-1894), English Landscape painter
  • James William Scobie Newcome (b. 1953), current English Bishop of Carlisle
  • Henry Newcome (1627-1695), English nonconformist preacher and activist
  • William Newcome (1729-1800), English Bishop of Dromore
  • Dr. Hanna Newcome, Canadian recipient of the 1997 Pearson Medal of Peace for her work as a peace activist and community development


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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