Newenham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Newenham is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in one of several places called Newnham throughout England. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements niwe, which means new, and ham, which means farm or village. [1]

The Domesday Book of 1086 includes early entries for Neuneham, (Gloucestershire) and Neuham (Hertfordshire.) [2] Both of these parishes would later be known as Newnham including the ancient Saxon parish in Northamptonshire, first known as Niwanham c. 1021-1031.

Early Origins of the Newenham family

The surname Newenham was first found in Cambridgeshire where Ralph de Neunenham was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [3]

Another source notes that the family held "an estate in and near Rotherfield, co. Sussex, which had owners of its own name in the XIV, century." [4]

In Newnham, Gloucestershire "was anciently a castle, which in the time of our Norman kings constituted one of the fortresses of the Welsh frontier, but there are no traces of it." [5]

John de Newenham (d. 1382?), was Chamberlain of the Exchequer, "probably came of the Newenhams of Northamptonshire; he may be the John de Newenham who was rector of St. Mary-le-Bow in 1350. In 1352 he was incumbent of Stowe, and in 1353 of Ecton, both in Northamptonshire. In 1356 he acted on behalf of the prior and convent of Newenham or Newnham, Northamptonshire; and in 1359 he became prebendary of Bishopshill in Lichfield Cathedral." [6]

Thomas de Newenham (fl. 1393), Clerk in Chancery, was in all probability younger brother of the above; he is first mentioned as a clerk in chancery in 1367, when, like his brother, he appears for the convent of Newenham. He was one of the three persons appointed to the custody of the great seal (4 May to 21 June 1377), and on 22 June he delivered up the great seal to Richard II on his accession. [6]

Robert de Newenham was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296 and much later, George Newnam was found in Devon in 1642. [7]

Early History of the Newenham family

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Newenham Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Newenham 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 Newenham include: Newnam, Newnham, Newenham, Newengham, Newnhom, Newnom and many more.

Early Notables of the Newenham family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Newenham family to Ireland

Some of the Newenham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Newenham migration to Australia +

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

Newenham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Burton Newenham a public servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [8]
  • Mary Louisa Newenham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [8]
  • Edward Worth Newenham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [8]
  • Emily Grace Newenham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [8]
  • Anna Newenham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Newenham (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Newenham (1762-1831), Irish writer, second son of Thomas Newenham of Coolmore, co. Cork
  • Sir Edward Newenham (1732-1814), Irish politician, younger son of William Newenham, Esq., of Coolmore, co. Cork, Collector of the Excise of Dublin in 1764
  • Frederick Newenham (1807-1859), Irish portrait-painter who appears to have been a member of the family of Newenham residing in co. Cork
  • George Newenham Wright (1794-1877), Irish writer and Anglican clergyman
  • Sir John Newenham Summerson CH CBE (1904-1992), British architectural historian
  • Sir Thomas Newenham Deane (1828-1899), Irish architect, who designed the National Library in Dublin


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm


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