The name McNew comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a new person in town; a person who had just arrived to live in the area. The name McNew 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 McNew family
The surname McNew 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.
Early History of the McNew family
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McNew Spelling Variations
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 McNew has undergone many spelling variations
, including Newcombe, Newcom, Newcomb, Newcome, Newcomen and others.
Early Notables of the McNew family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McNew family to Ireland
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Migration of the McNew family to the New World and Oceana
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 McNew were among those contributors:
McNew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Blanche B. McNew, aged 43, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Minnehaha" from London, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN1C-4ZC : 6 December 2014), Blanche B. McNew, 06 Oct 1913; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Minnehaha, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Helen Mc New, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Carna" from Cap Haitien, Haiti CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN32-B2P : 6 December 2014), Helen Mc. New, 27 Jul 1923; citing departure port Cap Haitien, Haiti, arrival port New York, ship name Carna, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name McNew (post 1700)
- James McNew, American musician, best known as the bass player for the rock band Yo La Tengo
- Hugh D. McNew, American Republican politician, Mayor of Des Peres, Missouri, 1965
- Mrs. E. T. McNew, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1924