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There are several places named Newland in Britain. It is unclear whether the Newlands surname was derived from a place name, or whether it was taken on by someone lived on some land only recently cultivated.

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The surname Newlands was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Newlands family name include Newland, Newling, Newley, Nieland, Newlan and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newlands research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1469, 1597, 1688, 1640 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Newlands History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newlands Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Newlands family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Newlands surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Newlands Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Newlands, who landed in New York in 1789

Newlands Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James B Newlands, who landed in New York in 1836
  • James Bimie Newlands, who arrived in America in 1850

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  • Francis G. Newlands (1846-1917), United States Representative and Senator from Nevada, eponym of the Newlands Resolution
  • John Alexander Reina Newlands (1837-1898), English chemist who received the Davy medal from the Royal Society in recognition of his work
  • Anthony Newlands (1926-1995), British actor
  • George McLeod Newlands, Emeritus Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow


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  • Ancestors and Descendants of Jacob H. Mendenhall and his Wife Hannah W. Newlin from the First Emigrants, Benjamin Mendenhall, England, and Nathaniel Newlin, Ireland, to Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1683 by Lillian Mendenhall Powell Jacobs.
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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: Le Nom, les armes, la loyauté
Motto Translation: The Name, the arms, the loyalty.

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The Newlands Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newlands 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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