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The name Newman comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a stranger or newcomer. The surname Newman is derived from the Old English words neowe, niwe, and nige, which all mean new, and the word mann, which means man.

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The surname Newman was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat from early times. There are also early records of Stangrim Noueman listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1166; Godwin Nieweman listed in the Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire in 1169; and Robert le Nyman in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists four entries for the name: Robert Niweman in Cambridgeshire; Herbert le Niweman in Oxfordshire; Matthew Neuman in Huntingdon; and John le Neuman in Bedfordshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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 Newman has undergone many spelling variations, including Newman, Newmen, Newmin and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newman research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1663, 1636 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Newman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include Samuel Newman (1602-1663), English-born, American clergyman in colonial Massachusetts, born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, he was prosecuted for nonconformity and emigrated...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Newman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Newman were among those contributors:

Newman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robart Newman, who landed in Virginia in 1618
  • William Newman, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Robest Newman, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • George Newman settled in Maine in 1630
  • Francis Newman (died 1660), an English colonist to New Hampshire in 1634, Governor of the New Haven Colony (1658 to 1659)
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Newman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Newman, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Roger Newman, who landed in Maryland in 1704
  • Adam Newman, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Adam Newman, who settled in Virginia in 1704
  • Reuben Newman, who landed in Virginia in 1714
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Newman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edouard Newman, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • Patrick Newman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • John P. Newman, who landed in New York in 1808
  • Frances Newman, aged 28, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Charles Newman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
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Newman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jacob Newman, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
  • Michael Newman, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
  • Annie Mary Newman, who arrived in Alabama in 1928

Newman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Newman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. David Newman U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Newman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Newman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1811
  • Thomas Newman, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1811
  • Patrick Newman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • John Newman, who landed in Canada in 1833
  • John Newman, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Newman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Newman, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • George Newman, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Newman, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Newman, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Newman arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
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Newman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. L. Newman arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Susan" in 1848
  • Henry Newman arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eagle" in 1854
  • Charles Newman arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
  • Carolina Newman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Nathaniel Newman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
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  • Jimmy Yves "C." Newman (1927-2014), American singer and a long time star of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Steve Newman (b. 1953), American soccer forward
  • James Hansen Newman (b. 1956), former NASA astronaut with over 43 days in space
  • Donald J. Newman (1930-2007), American mathematician and professor
  • David Newman (1933-2009), American jazz saxophonist
  • Captain Beryl R Newman (1911-1998), American Army officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Walter Newman (1916-1993), American radio writer and screenwriter nominated three times for Academy Awards
  • Robert Loftin Newman (1827-1912), American painter and stained-glass designer
  • Paul Leonard Newman (1925-2008), Academy Award, Golden Globe, Cannes Award, and Emmy Award winning American actor and film director
  • Arnold Abner Newman (1918-2006), award-winning American photographer
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Newman Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Charles Albert Newman (1918-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Brighton, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Charles Newman, "Barrymore" Australian Junior Officer Royal Australian Navy from Australia, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Haydn Walter Newman (b. 1920), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. R E A Newman, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Charles Thomas Newman (d. 1912), aged 33, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • The Newman Family: Descendants of Davis and Nancy Newman, 1780, Spartanburg County District, South Carolina by William Alton Newman.
  • The Neumanns: Wisconsin Pioneers, 1848-1978 by Kathleen Neumann Graber.
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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: Ubi amor ibi fides
Motto Translation: Where there is love there is faith.

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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Newman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newman 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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