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The name Needham is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in one of the places called Needham in the counties of Derbyshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The surname Needham belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Needham has been spelled many different ways, including Needham, Nedham and others.
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." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Needham research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1506, 1461, 1631, 1625, 1620 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Needham History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Needham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Needham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Needhams to arrive in North America:
Needham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Anne Needham and her husband Edmund, who came to Salem in 1630
- Thomas Needham, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
- Tho Needham, aged 13, landed in Virginia in 1635
- Edward Needham, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1639
- Nicholas Needham, who arrived in New England in 1639
Needham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Wm Needham, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
Needham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Needham, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
- Catherine Needham, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
- D Needham, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- Austin, Patrick, Samuel, and William Needham, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
Needham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Peter Needham, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Needham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Valient Needham, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1811
- Eliza Needham, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1811
Needham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- F Needham, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
Needham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Frederick Needham, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Emma Needham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848
- Isaac Needham, aged 29, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
- Martha Needham, aged 34, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
- Isaac Needham, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
Needham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Martin Needham, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
- Mr. Henry E. Needham, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Jasper Needham, American politician, Representative from Missouri 11th District, 1888
- James Carson Needham (1864-1942), American Republican politician, Candidate for California State Senate, 1890; U.S. Representative from California, 1899-1913 (7th District 1899-1903, 6th District 1903-13); Superior Court Judge in California, 1919-34
- H. Clay Needham, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1922
- George G. Needham, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Senate 9th District, 1893
- Elizabeth M. Needham, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928
- Edgar Needham, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1860
- Daniel Needham (1822-1895), American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 8th District, 1854; Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Hartford, 1857-58; 1859-61
- Charles K. Needham, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1924
- Mabel A. Needham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924
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.
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- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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- Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
The Needham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Needham 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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