Needleman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Needleman finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a maker of needles. The surname Needleman is derived from the Old English word nædlere, which means needler. This is in turn derived from the Old English word nædl, which means needle.

Early Origins of the Needleman family

The surname Needleman was first found in county Shropshire, where this distinguished family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Needleman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Needleman research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1235, 1273, 1309, 1313, 1320, 1327, 1362, 1420, 1563, 1616, 1620, 1667, 1685, and 1760 are included under the topic Early Needleman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Needleman 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 Needleman family name include Needle, Needles, Needell, Needdele, Nadal, Nadle, Needler, Nedler, Nedlere, Neelder, Nelder, Neldere, Nadler, Nadlere, Nayldor, Neilder, Needlemaker and many more.

Early Notables of the Needleman family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Needleman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Needleman family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Needleman surname or a spelling variation of the name include : John Needler, who settled in Virginia in 1679; Benjamin Needler, who arrived in Virginia in 1741; Joseph Needle, age 40; who settled in Philadelphia in 1753.


Contemporary Notables of the name Needleman (post 1700) +

  • Herbert L. Needleman (1927-2017), American pediatrician and medical researcher
  • Michael David Needleman, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas, 1998 (5th District), 2004 (32nd District) [1]
  • Mrs. Louis Needleman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1956 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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