Show ContentsNewham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Newham begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in one of the various places called Newsham, Newsam, or Newsholme. These names are common in the north of England and all mean at the new houses. The surname Newham belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname Newham belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The name is derived from the Old English words niwe + hus which are an earlier form of niwum or husum which means "place at the new houses". [1]

Early Origins of the Newham family

The surname Newham was first found in West Yorkshire where the village of Newsome can still be found today, located about 1 mile south of Huddersfield. Newsholme is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire and a township named Newsholm is found in the parish of Gisburne, near Clitheroe in the West Rising of Yorkshire. There are numerous entries in the Domesday Book using the spellings: Neuhusum, Newhusum, Neuhuse and others [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Willelmus de Newsom, dwelling at Newsholm; Alicia de Neusom; and Willelmus de Newsome. [3]

Newsham Abbey was an abbey in Newsham, a small hamlet north of Brocklesby village in Lincolnshire. The abbey was the first Premonstratensian house established in England, in 1143. It was suppressed in 1536, and today parts of the abbey are visible as earthworks.

Early History of the Newham family

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Newham Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Newham has undergone many spelling variations, including Newsham, Newsam, Newsone, Newson, Newsholme, Newsun and many more.

Early Notables of the Newham family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Newham family to Ireland

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United States Newham migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Newham were among those contributors:

Newham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Newham, who settled in Virginia in 1653

Australia Newham migration to Australia +

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

Newham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Newham, English weaver who was convicted in (Holland) Lincolnshire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 20th January 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1849 [4]

New Zealand Newham migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Newham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Newham, (b. 1855), aged 15, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merope' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th October 1870 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Newham (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Newham, English performer working in China, born in Cheltenham, England, famous for hosting the CCTV-4 programs Tongyue Wuzhou and Happy China
  • Paul Newham (b. 1962), British writer known for developing applications of voice, sound, and music in psychotherapy, psychology, music therapy, and audio therapy
  • Charles Frederick Newham (1880-1960), New Zealand photographer and filmmaker, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Mrs. Anne-Maria Newham M.B.E., British Director for Nursing for Allied Health Professionals and Quality at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Nursing [6]
  • Mr. Samuel Newham, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1775 to 1776
  • Air Commodore Reginald Newham Waite CB, RAF (1901-1975), senior officer in the Royal Air Force

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Henry Newham (d. 1914), British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]

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  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th March 2022). Retrieved from
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  6. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018,
  7. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook