The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Newdigate come from when the family resided in the settlement of Newdigate in the county of Surrey
. The surname Newdigate 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 Newdigate family
The surname Newdigate 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 Newdigate family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newdigate 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 Newdigate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Newdigate Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Newdigate has been recorded under many different variations, including Newdegate, Niwodegate, Newdigate, Newgate and others.
Early Notables of the Newdigate 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 Newdigate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Newdigate family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Newdigate or a variant listed above:
Newdigate Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jane Newdigate, who settled in Virginia in 1664
- Jane Newdigate, who landed in Virginia in 1664 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Newdigate Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Nathaniel Newdigate, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1750
Contemporary Notables of the name Newdigate (post 1700)
- Sir Roger Newdigate (1719-1806), 5th Baronet, an English politician and collector of antiquities, Member of Parliament for Oxford University (1751-1780), eponym of the Newdigate Prize
- Sir Francis Alexander Newdigate Newdegate KCMG (1862-1936), British Governor of Tasmania from 1917 to 1920, and Governor of Western Australia from 1920 to 1924
- Sir Edward Newdigate Newdegate KCB (1825-1902), British Lieutenant General in the Rifle Brigade
- Charles Newdigate Newdegate (1816-1887), British Conservative politician
- Lieut-Gen. Francis William Newdigate (1822-1893), British peer
- Francis Parker Newdigate (1774-1862), British peer
The Newdigate 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.