Needghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Needghan comes from when the family resided in one of the places called Needham in the counties of Derbyshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The surname Needghan belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Needghan family
The surname Needghan was first found in Derbyshire at Alvaston, a chapelry, in the parish of St. Michael, Derby, union of Shardlow, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch. " In 1547 [the manor of Alvaston] was granted to the Needham family, from whom it passed to various hands." 
Early History of the Needghan family
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Needghan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Needghan has been recorded under many different variations, including Needham, Nedham and others.
Early Notables of the Needghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Needghan family to Ireland
Some of the Needghan 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.
Migration of the Needghan family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Needghan or a variant listed above: Anne Needham and her husband Edmund, who came to Salem in 1630; Thomas Needham, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Elizabeth Needum and her husband, who settled in Virginia in 1653.
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The Needghan Motto +
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: Nunc aut nunquam
Motto Translation: Now or never.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.