Newstead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Newstead comes from when the family resided near a yew tree. Newstead is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. In this case, the surname Newstead comes from the Old English phrase, atten ew, which means, at the yew tree. The surname Newstead may also derive from the Old English word newe, which means new. This may have been a name given to newcomers to an area, and as such, it would have been a nickname surname. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been for someone who lived near a yew tree, from the Old English word eow. [2]

Early Origins of the Newstead family

The surname Newstead was first found in Cambridgeshire where Richard le Newe was first listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls also lists Robert le Newe in Wiltshire; and Simon le Neue in Bedfordshire. [3]

The Feet of Fines of Warwickshire lists William le Neuwe there in 1221 and the Feet of Fines for Cambridgeshire lists Walter le New in 1234. John atte Newe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1327. [2]

Kirby's Quest lists Richard le Nywe in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) [4]

Newe House, a manor house in the village of Pakenham, Suffolk remains today as it was built in 1622 by Sir Robert Bright. Castle Newe was a mansion house, situated in Aberdeenshire, built in 1831 by Archibald Simpson.

Early History of the Newstead family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newstead research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1273 and 1886 are included under the topic Early Newstead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Newstead Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Newstead has been recorded under many different variations, including Newe, New, News, Newes, Nuce and others.

Early Notables of the Newstead family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Newstead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Newstead family to Ireland

Some of the Newstead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Newstead migration to Australia +

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

Newstead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Newstead, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Charles Newstead, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 15 years transported aboard the "Forfarshire" on 24th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Newstead (post 1700) +

  • Jacob A. Newstead, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1904 [7]
  • John Thomas Newstead (1877-1952), English first-class cricketer
  • Frances Newstead (b. 1973), English road and track cyclist, British National Circuit Race Champion (2000)
  • Mr. John Owen Herbert Newstead B.E.M., British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Pharmaceutical Heritage [8]
  • Jennifer Frances "Jenny" Newstead MBE, New Zealand seven-time gold Paralympic swimmer in the 1990s
  • Isabel Newstead MBE (1955-2007), British ten-time gold, four-time silver and bronze medalist Paralympic athlete


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/forfarshire
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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