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Where did the English Newitt family come from? What is the English Newitt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Newitt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Newitt family history?

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.The family name Newitt was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats.


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 where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newitt research. Another 385 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1066, 1500, 1600, 1671, 1655, 1693, 1685, 1687, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Newitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • Dudley Maurice Newitt (1894-1980), British chemical engineer, recipient of the Rumford Medal (1962)


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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  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. 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.
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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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