Newes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Newes comes from the family having resided near a yew tree. Newes is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. In this case, the surname Newes comes from the Old English phrase, atten ew, which means, at the yew tree. The surname Newes may also derive from the Old English word newe, which means new. This may have been a name given to newcomers to an area, and as such, it would have been a nickname surname. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been for someone who lived near a yew tree, from the Old English word eow. [2]

Early Origins of the Newes family

The surname Newes was first found in Cambridgeshire where Richard le Newe was first listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls also lists Robert le Newe in Wiltshire; and Simon le Neue in Bedfordshire. [3]

The Feet of Fines of Warwickshire lists William le Neuwe there in 1221 and the Feet of Fines for Cambridgeshire lists Walter le New in 1234. John atte Newe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1327. [2]

Kirby's Quest lists Richard le Nywe in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) [4]

Newe House, a manor house in the village of Pakenham, Suffolk remains today as it was built in 1622 by Sir Robert Bright. Castle Newe was a mansion house, situated in Aberdeenshire, built in 1831 by Archibald Simpson.

Early History of the Newes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newes research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1273 and 1886 are included under the topic Early Newes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Newes Spelling Variations

Newes 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: Newe, New, News, Newes, Nuce and others.

Early Notables of the Newes family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Newes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Newes family to Ireland

Some of the Newes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Newes 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 Newess to arrive on North American shores:

Newes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joan Newes, who settled in Virginia in 1656
  • Joane Newes, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [5]


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ 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)


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