The Newports surname is a habitational name taken on from any of several places so called, derived the Old English words "ne-owe," meaning "new," and "port," meaning "a port."
Early Origins of the Newports family
The surname Newports was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Newports family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newports research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1561, 1617, 1606, 1511, 1570, 1547, 1551, 1552, 1557, 1558, 1568, 1569, 1555, 1623, 1593, 1587, 1651, 1614, 1622, 1699, 1655, 1719, 1683 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Newports History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Newports Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Newports are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Newports include: Newport, Newports and others.
Early Notables of the Newports family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Christopher Newport (1561-1617), English privateer and sea captain who commanded the Virginia Company's First Fleet
(1606); Richard Newport (c.1511-1570), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England
in 1547, High Sheriff
(1551-1552), (1557-1558) and (1568-1569); and his son... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newports Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Newports family to Ireland
Some of the Newports family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Newports family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Newports or a variant listed above: John Newport, who settled in Virginia in 1648; John Newport, who settled in Barbados in 1678 with his wife and child; and John Newport, who came to Virginia in 1725..
The Newports Motto
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: Ne supra modum sapere
Motto Translation: Be not over wise.