The name Newdegate has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the settlement of Newdigate in the county of Surrey
. The surname Newdegate 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 Newdegate family
The surname Newdegate was first found in Surrey
at Newdigate, a village and civil parish in the Mole Valley which dates back to 1167 where it was listed as Niudegate and literally meant "gate by the new wood" from the Old English words niwe + wudu + geat. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Newdegate family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newdegate research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1640, 1500, 1535, 1535, 1571, 1610, 1602, 1678, 1677, 1660, 1644, 1709, 1668 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Newdegate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Newdegate Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Newdegate have been found, including Newdegate, Niwodegate, Newdigate, Newgate and others.
Early Notables of the Newdegate family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sebastian Newdigate, O.Cart., (1500-1535), the seventh child of John Newdigate, Sergeant-at-law; he was executed for treason on June 19th, 1535 for his refusal to accept Henry VIII's assumption of supremacy over the Church in England
, he was beatified by the Catholic Church; Sir... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newdegate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Newdegate family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Newdegate, or a variant listed above: John Newgate (also Newdegate) settled in Boston in 1635; Jane Newdigate, who settled in Virginia in 1664; and Nathaniel Newdigate, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1750..
Contemporary Notables of the name Newdegate (post 1700)
- Francis Humphrey Maurice FitzRoy Newdegate (1921-2000), English nobleman, 3rd Viscount Daventry, and Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire (1990-1996)
- Sir Francis Alexander Newdigate Newdegate (1862-1936), English politician, Governor of Tasmania (1917-1920), Governor of Western Australia (1920-1924), eponym of Newdegate, Australia
- Sir Edward Newdigate Newdegate (1825-1902), English army officer and Governor of Bermuda (1888-1892)
- Charles Newdigate Newdegate (1816-1887), British Conservative politician
The Newdegate 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: Confide recte agens
Motto Translation: Trust in fair dealing.