Newnham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Newnham is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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 Newnham family

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

Early History of the Newnham family

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

Newnham Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Newnham has been spelled many different ways, including Newnam, Newnham, Newenham, Newengham, Newnhom, Newnom and many more.

Early Notables of the Newnham family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Newnham family to Ireland

Some of the Newnham 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.

Newnham migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Newnhams to arrive in North America:

Newnham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Newnham, who settled in Maine in 1654
  • John Newnham, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [1]
Newnham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albert George Newnham, aged 6, who landed in America from Chatham, England, in 1909
  • Ann Sarah Newnham, aged 30, who settled in America from Chatham, England, in 1909
  • Bertha Newnham, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1909
  • F.W. Newnham, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Arthur Newnham, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Newnham migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Newnham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Henry Newnham, British Convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Edward Newnham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [3]
  • William Newnham, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [3]

Newnham migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Newnham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Emma Newnham, (b. 1817), aged 43, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Gananoque" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 9th May 1860 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Newnham (post 1700)

  • Richard L. Newnham, American Democrat politician, Superior Court Judge in Michigan of Grand Rapids, 1900-05; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1928 [5]
  • Charles R. Newnham, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Fulton and Hamilton counties, 1919 [5]
  • Jervois Arthur Newnham (1852-1941), Anglican bishop in Canada from 1893 to 1921
  • Tom Newnham (b. 1926), New Zealand political activist and former educationalist
  • Colonel Lanceray Arthur Newnham GC, MC (1889-1943), posthumously awarded the George Cross for the gallantry he showed in resisting Japanese torture
  • Captain Ian Frederick Newnham, Chief of Naval Staff

Historic Events for the Newnham family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Robert Newnham (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [6]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Keith George Newnham (d. 1939), British Signalman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]
  • Ernest Edgar Newnham (1910-1939), British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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