The Newbery surname is a habitational name from any of the many places called Newbury, such as Newbury in Berkshire. These place names are derived from the Old English elements "ne-owe," meaning "new," and "burh," meaning "fortified town."
The surname Newbery was first found in Berkshire, where the first on record was Godwin de Neweberia listed in the
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newbery research.Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1327, 1377, 1519, 1713, and 1767 are included under the topic Early Newbery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Newbery are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Newbery include: Newbery, Newberry, Newbury and others.
Distinguished members of the family include John Newbery (baptized 1713-1767), an English publisher of books, eponym of the Newbery Medal for his efforts to publish children's books; and John Winchcombe... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newbery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Newbery or a variant listed above:
Newbery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- B. R. Newbery, who settled in America, in 1892
- F. E. Newbery, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1894
- Florence Newbery, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
- Constance Newbery, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1895
- Barbara Newbery, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
Newbery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Archibald Samuel Newbery, aged 38, who landed in America from London, in 1905
- Albert Hy. Newbery, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Eastbourne, England, in 1907
- Doris Newbery, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States from Rotherham, England, in 1909
- Carrie F. Newbery, aged 37, who emigrated to America, in 1909
- Beverley R. Newbery, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1910
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Newbery Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Emilie Newbery, aged 36, who landed in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1911