The name Newhook reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Newhook family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Newhook family lived in Yorkshire
. The name Newhouse
is topographical in nature and is of obvious derivation, indicating that its original bearer lived in a such a house as is described. Some cases of the name are taken from any of several small localities which are so named because they held a new house.
Early Origins of the Newhook family
The surname Newhook was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times as Lords of the manor of Neuhuse. This small collection of houses near Gisburn was held by William Percy at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey in the year 1086 A.D.
Early History of the Newhook family
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Newhook Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Neuhouse, Newhouse, Neuhuse and others.
Early Notables of the Newhook family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Newhook family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Newhook name or one of its variants: John Newhouse who settled in Virginia in 1640; Hannah Newhouse settled in New Jersey in 1773; John Newhouse landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1748.
Contemporary Notables of the name Newhook (post 1700)
- Cleophas "Cle" Newhook (1943-2018), Newfoundland-born, Canadian theologian, author and politician, Leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party from 1989 to 1992
- Hazel Rose Newhook (1914-2016), Newfoundland-born, Canadian politician, MHA for Gander (1979-1986)