Neame History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Neame family

The surname Neame was first found in Lincolnshire where one of the first records of the name was Richard le Naim who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of that shire (1170-1178.) A few years later, John Nepos, le Neim was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Surrey in 1214. In Worcestershire, John le Neim (c. 1280) and John le Naym (1327) were listed in the Subsidy Rolls. Year later, John Naym was listed in the Inquisitions and Assessments relating to Feudal Aids in 1431. [1] The name was also traditionally known as a nickname having derived from the Old English word "neme" which meant "uncle." [2]

Early History of the Neame family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neame research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1510, 1600, 1430, 1698 and 1864 are included under the topic Early Neame History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Neame Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Neame family name include Neame, Neeme, Neam, Neem, Neme, Name and others.

Early Notables of the Neame family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Charles Neame of Harefield Court and John Neame of Selling Court, Kent among the most valuable hop growers in East Kent. The are presumed to be the namesakes of Shepherd Neame, the...
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Migration of the Neame family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Neame surname or a spelling variation of the name include: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Neame (post 1700) +

  • Basil Desmond Neame CBE (1921-2010), English fruit grower and farmer from Kent, Chairman of NFU (National Farmers Union) Kent branch in 1956, Governor of Wye College from 1971 to 1987, nephew of Sir Philip Neame
  • Arthur Rex Beale Neame (1936-2008), English cricketer who played for Kent between 1956 and 1958
  • Stuart Neame, English rugby union international who represented England from 1879 to 1880
  • Ronald Elwin Neame CBE, BSC (1911-2010), English three-time Academy Award nominated film cinematographer, producer, screenwriter and director, best known for his work on The Poseidon Adventure (1972), In Which We Serve (1942) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
  • Commodore Douglas Mortimer Lewes Neame (1901-1988), English hurdler who competed for Great Britain in the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Christopher Neame (1942-2011), English BAFTA Award nominated film producer and screenwriter, known for his work on Feast of July (1995), Bellman and True (1987) and The Knowledge (1979)
  • Christopher Neame (b. 1947), English actor, known for his roles in The Prestige (2006), Ghostbusters II (1989) and Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Shena Neame (1910-1993), née Shena Eleanor Fraser, Scottish composer who also used the pseudonym Sebastian Scott
  • Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame VC, KBE, CB, DSO, KStJ, (1888-1978), British Army lieutenant general and recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Ivo Neame (b. 1981), British jazz pianist and saxophonist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  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) on Facebook
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