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Early Origins of the Needs family

The surname Needs was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when held estates in that county.

Early History of the Needs family

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Needs Spelling Variations

Needs has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Neame, Neame, Neem, Neeme, Name, Neme and others.

Early Notables of the Needs family (pre 1700)

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United States Needs migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Needss to arrive on North American shores:

Needs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Needs, who landed in Maryland in 1672 [1]
Needs Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Harry Needs, (b. 1877), aged 27, Cornish miner, from Redruth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 19th June 1904 en route to Houghton, Michigan, USA [2]

Australia Needs migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Needs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Needs, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [3]
  • Sarah Needs, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851 [3]
  • John Needs (aged 12) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [4]
  • William Needs, aged 29, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"

Contemporary Notables of the name Needs (post 1700) +

  • Christopher Needs MBE (1952-2020), Welsh radio broadcaster, best known as a regular evening and daytime presenter on BBC Radio Wales
  • James Needs (1919-2003), British film editor, best known for his work on Dracula (1958) and The Witches (1966)
  • Kris Needs (b. 1954), British journalist and author

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1851. Retrieved
  4. South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1856. Retrieved on Facebook