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The name Newsom has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family 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 Newsom 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 Newsom 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]

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The surname Newsom 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.

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 Newsom have been found, including Newsham, Newsam, Newsone, Newson, Newsholme, Newsun and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newsom research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1743 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Newsom History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newsom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Newsom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Newsom, or a variant listed above:

Newsom Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • James and Elizabeth Newsom, who came to Virginia in 1642
  • Eliz Newsom, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Newsom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Newsom, aged 27, arrived in Delaware in 1812

Newsom Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Eliza Newsom, aged 26, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

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  • Miss Helen Monypeny Newsom, aged 19, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 5
  • David Dunlop Newsom (1918-2008), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, 1965-69; Indonesia, 1973; Philippines, 1977-78
  • Gavin Christopher Newsom (b. 1967), American Democrat politician, Mayor of San Francisco, California, 2004-11; Lieutenant Governor of California, 2011-
  • John A. Newsom, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 6th District, 1926
  • John M. Newsom, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 5th District, 1867-69
  • R. M. Newsom, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1936
  • Walter L. Newsom Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1940; U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico, 1942
  • William A. Newsom, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1948; Presidential Elector for California, 1948
  • David D Newsom (b. 1918), American administrator, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1969-1974)
  • Tommy Newsom (1929-2007), American saxophone player in the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

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  • Possums Run over Their Graves by Rebecca Newsom Dobson,
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  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)

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Newsom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newsom 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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