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The Newock surname is a habitational name taken on from a place name, such as Newark in Cambridgeshire or Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire. These place names derive from the Old English "niwe" meaning "new," and "weorc," meaning "fortification," or "building."
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Newock have been found, including Newark, Newarke, Nework, Newock, Newoke, Newick and many more.
First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newock research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Newock History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Newock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Newock, or a variant listed above: Jon Newarke, who arrived in Virginia in 1628; Wm. Newark, who came to Virginia in 1654; William Newarke, who was on record in Jamaica in 1684; and Thomas Newark, who came to Philadelphia in 1782..
The Newock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newock 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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