Show ContentsNewmark History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Newmark arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Newmark family lived in Breckonshire, Wales. Their name, however, is a reference to Neuf-Marche, near Neufchatel, Normandy. [1]

Another source spells the place name differently and provides more details. The family is "from the castle of Neumarché in Normandy, which, about 1060, was seized by Duke William, to the prejudice of its inheritor, Geoffrey de Newmarch. (Ord. Vitalis.) Geoffrey’s son Bernard was one of the Conqueror’s companions-at-arms, and witnesses one of his charters to Battle Abbey. He obtained his share of the spoil - a Welsh principality - by his own good sword; for, as Freeman expresses it, 'he used a soldier’s licence to appropriate the territory of Brecknock.' " [2]

Early Origins of the Newmark family

The surname Newmark was first found in Breckonshire (Breconshire) in Wales where they held a family seat from the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in the year 1066. Bernard of Neuf-Marche near Neufchatel in Normandy, a Norman noble at Hastings, founded a priory at Bracknock which was a cell of the Battel Abbey in Sussex. His successor, Baron Newmarch was summoned to Parliament. Adam de Newmarch was Baron Newmarch.

Early History of the Newmark family

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Newmark Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Newmarch, Newmarche, Newmarsh, Newmarshe, Newmark, Numarch, Numarche, Numark, Newmack, Newdiche, Newdick and many more.

Early Notables of the Newmark family (pre 1700)

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United States Newmark migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Newmark or a variant listed above were:

Newmark Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S Newmark, aged 28, who landed in Missouri in 1844 [3]
  • H. Newmark who settled inSan Francisco, California in 1862
  • M. J. Newmark, who settled in San Francisco in 1862

Contemporary Notables of the name Newmark (post 1700) +

  • Steven R. Newmark, American Democratic Party politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Dave Newmark (b. 1946), American former professional basketball player
  • Harris Newmark (1834-1916), German-born, American businessman, philanthropist, and historian
  • Brooks Phillip Victor Newmark (b. 1958), American former Conservative Member of Parliament for Braintree
  • Myer Joseph Newmark (1838-1911), the youngest city attorney in the history of Los Angeles, California; he started practicing at the age of 21
  • Craig Alexander Newmark (b. 1952), American Internet entrepreneur, founder of the international website Craigslist
  • Andrew "Andy" Newmark (b. 1950), American session drummer
  • Nathan Mortimore Newmark (1910-1981), American structural engineer and academic, awarded the National Medal of Science for engineering, eponym of the Nathan M. Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, the University of Illinois
  • Peter Newmark (1916-2011), English professor of translation at the University of Surrey
  • John Newmark, Canadian pianist who hosted "At Home with John Newmark", a Canadian classical music television miniseries on CBC in 1954
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook