Newett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the bearers of the Newett family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found near a yew tree. Newett is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. In this case, the surname Newett comes from the Old English phrase, atten ew, which means, at the yew tree. The surname Newett 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. 
Alternatively, the name could have been for someone who lived near a yew tree, from the Old English word eow. 
Early Origins of the Newett family
The surname Newett 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. 
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. 
Kirby's Quest lists Richard le Nywe in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) 
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 Newett family
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Newett Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Newett include Newe, New, News, Newes, Nuce and others.
Early Notables of the Newett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Newett family to Ireland
Some of the Newett 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.
Newett migration to the United States +
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Newett or a variant listed above:
Newett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Winifrid Newett, who landed in Virginia in 1636 
Related Stories +
- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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)