Newt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the name Newt are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from Cnute, a popular name in England in the early Middle Ages. It was popular thanks to the influence of Cnut, a Dane, who became King of England in 1016. "There are two Cnuts in Domesday, one in Yorkshire, the other in Derbyshire." 
Alternatively, it may be of nickname origin, from the Old English word hnutu, which meant brown, and would have been given to someone with a brown complexion. It may be that this is the origin of the English saying "Brown as a nut," used for someone who has spent a lot of time in the sun.
Early Origins of the Newt family
The surname Newt was first found in Gloucestershire 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 Newt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newt research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1668, 1640, 1653, 1620, 1623, 1623, 1620, 1620, 1656, 1716, 1660, 1722, 1612, 1550, 1600, 1600, 1987, 1577 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Newt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Newt 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. Newt has been spelled many different ways, including Nutt, Nudd, Nutting, Knutt, Nuttman, Nutter and others.
Early Notables of the Newt family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Nutt (1605-1668), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1653; and John Nutt ( fl. 1620-1623), English pirate born in Devon who raided the Newfoundland and western England for three years before his capture by Sir John Eliot in 1623. His arrest and conviction caused a scandal in the English court as Nutt had paid Eliot £500 in exchange for a pardon. He was eventually released by the Secretary of State George Calvert. He arrived at Torbay Newfoundland in 1620 aboard the ship Dartmouth in 1620, but soon organized...
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Migration of the Newt family to Ireland
Some of the Newt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Newt 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 Newts to arrive in North America:
Newt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Newt, who arrived in New England in 1632 
Newt migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Newt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Richard Newt, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Newt (post 1700) +
- Newt A. Morris, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1924 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee), 1928 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business)
- Newt Hailey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1944, 1956 
- Newt Virgus Mills (1899-1996), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Louisiana 5th District, 1937-43 
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stag.htm
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html