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Newitt is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Newitt family lived in Kniveton, which is a parish in Derbyshire near Ashbourn. The name is pronounced Nifton.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Knifton, Kniveton, Knyveton, Nifton, Knyvet, Knyveton and many more.

First found in Derbyshire at Kniveton, a parish, in the hundred of Wirksworth where "the manor of 'Cheniveton,' so called in the Domesday Survey, was from a very early period the property of the Kniveton family. " [1] "The extinct Baronet family descended from Sir Matthew de Knivetone, who flourished in that county temp. Edward I. " [2] The place name literally means "farmstead of a woman called Cengifu," derived from the Old English personal name + "tun." [3] "The manor of 'Merchenestune' [Mercaston] was for many generations the property and seat of a younger branch of the Knivetons, of Bradley, who were seated here as early as the reign of Edward III. William Kniveton was one of the baronets created by James I. on the institution of the order in 1611. " [1] "The incumbent resides in the Hall [of Ashwelthorpe in Norfolk], an ancient residence of the Knyvett family, moated on three sides." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newitt research. Another 701 words (50 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1066, 1500, 1591, 1649, 1591, 1605, 1440, 1515, 1480, 1471, 1486, 1549, 1536, 1543, 1485, 1512, 1510, 1539, 1616, 1579, 1558, 1622, 1569, 1605, 1655, 1699, 1600, 1671, 1655, 1693, 1685, 1687, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Newitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Newitt or a variant listed above:

Newitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Hugh Newitt, who landed in Virginia in 1660

Newitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Newitt, who landed in New York in 1844
  • Eliza Newitt, aged 4, landed in New York in 1854
  • George Newitt, aged 2, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Lilla Newitt, aged 5, landed in New York in 1854
  • Robert Newitt, aged 8, arrived in New York in 1854


Newitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Lizzie Newitt, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Northampton, in 1905
  • Edward J.D. Newitt, aged 45, who settled in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Alice Gertrude Newitt, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Wimbledon, England, in 1914
  • Edward James Newitt, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Wimbledon, England, in 1915
  • Phyllis Isabella Newitt, aged 2, who settled in America from Wimbledon, England, in 1915


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  • C D Newitt, English badminton player at the 1934 All England Badminton Championships
  • Edward Newitt (1866-1952), British sports shooter at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Dudley Maurice Newitt (1894-1980), British chemical engineer, recipient of the Rumford Medal (1962)


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In domino confido
Motto Translation: I trust in the Lord.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Newitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newitt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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