Newsham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Newsham is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in one of the various places called Newsham, Newsam, or Newsholme. These names are common in the north of England and all mean at the new houses. The surname Newsham belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname Newsham belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The name is derived from the Old English words niwe + hus which are an earlier form of niwum or husum which means "place at the new houses". [1]

Early Origins of the Newsham family

The surname Newsham was first found in West Yorkshire where the village of Newsome can still be found today, located about 1 mile south of Huddersfield. Newsholme is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire and a township named Newsholm is found in the parish of Gisburne, near Clitheroe in the West Rising of Yorkshire. There are numerous entries in the Domesday Book using the spellings: Neuhusum, Newhusum, Neuhuse and others [2] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Willelmus de Newsom, dwelling at Newsholm; Alicia de Neusom; and Willelmus de Newsome. [3] Newsham Abbey was an abbey in Newsham, a small hamlet north of Brocklesby village in Lincolnshire. The abbey was the first Premonstratensian house established in England, in 1143. It was suppressed in 1536, and today parts of the abbey are visible as earthworks.

Early History of the Newsham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newsham research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1743 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Newsham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Newsham 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. Newsham has been spelled many different ways, including Newsham, Newsam, Newsone, Newson, Newsholme, Newsun and many more.

Early Notables of the Newsham family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newsham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Newsham family to Ireland

Some of the Newsham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Newsham 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 Newshams to arrive in North America:

Newsham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Leonard Newsham, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • William Newsham, who settled in Boston in 1680
Newsham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Newsham, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [4]

New Zealand Newsham 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:

Newsham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Newsham, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Wellington" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 25th February 1875 [5]
  • Mrs. Newsham, British settler with 4 children travelling from London aboard the ship "Wellington" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 25th February 1875 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Newsham (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Parkinson Newsham (1837-1919), English-born, American politician, lawyer, merchant and planter from Louisiana, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1868-1869) and (1870-1871)
  • Brad Newsham (b. 1951), American travel writer
  • Shirley Newsham, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2000 [6]
  • Kathleen Newsham, American politician, Mayor of Bay City, Michigan, 1998-2002 [6]
  • Stan Newsham (1931-2001), English professional footballer who played from 1952 to 1962
  • Richard Newsham (d. 1743), English inventor of fire engines; New York City imported its first two fire engines from Newsham in 1731
  • Marc Anthony Newsham (b. 1987), English footballer who has played since 2005, Boston United F.C. Player of the Year in 2013
  • David Newsham (b. 1967), British auto racing driver and businessman, managing director of Norscott Vending

HMS Royal Oak
  • Harold Newsham (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  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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