Newnam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Newnam first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in one of several places called Newnham throughout England. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements niwe, which means new, and ham, which means farm or village.

Early Origins of the Newnam family

The surname Newnam was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Newnam family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newnam research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Newnam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Newnam Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Newnam has appeared include Newnam, Newnham, Newenham, Newengham, Newnhom, Newnom and many more.

Early Notables of the Newnam family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Newnam family to Ireland

Some of the Newnam family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Newnam migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Newnam arrived in North America very early:

Newnam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Cornelius Newnam, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Carrillo" from Cristobal, C.Z [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Newnam (post 1700) +

  • George N. Newnam, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Queen Anne's County, 1841 [2] on Facebook
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