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Newton is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Newton family lived in Cheshire, at Newton. The surname Newton was originally derived from the Old English words, neowe, meaning new, and tun, meaning enclosure or settlement.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Newton family name include Newton, Newdon and others.
First found in Cheshire at Wilmslow, a parish, in the union of Altrincham, hundred of Macclesfield. "In the north chapel [of Wilmslow church] are two altar-tombs sunk in the wall, on which are figures representing the Newtons of Newton and Pownall."  We must take a moment to explore the hamlet of Woolsthorpe in Lincolnshire. "This is an ancient hamlet, consisting of a few farmhouses and thatched cottages, with the old manor-house, in which the immortal Sir Isaac Newton was born, on Christmas-day, 1642. His father, John Newton, Esq., was lord of the manor. Great care is taken for the preservation of the house; and when it was repaired, in 1798, a tablet of white marble, commemorating the philosopher's birth, was put up in the chamber where the event took place." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newton research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1374, 1543, 1661, 1626, 1699, 1660, 1642 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Newton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Newton 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.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Newton family to immigrate North America:
Newton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Helen Newton, who came to Virginia in 1621
- Eleanor Newton, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
- Elinor Newton, aged 25, arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
- Ellen Newton, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623
- Francis Newton, who landed in Virginia in 1628
Newton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edwd Newton, who landed in Virginia in 1704
- Henry Newton, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
- Robt Newton, who landed in Virginia in 1704
- Geo Newton, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
- Nathaniel Newton, who landed in Virginia in 1711
Newton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anthony Newton, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802
- Isaac Newton, who arrived in Maryland in 1812
- Joseph Newton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
- G N Newton, aged 40, landed in Key West, Fla in 1845
- Joseph B Newton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
Newton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Helen Newton, who landed in Arkansas in 1901
Newton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Peter Newton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Eliz Newton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
- Mathew Newton, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1775
- John Newton, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
- Mr. Forbes Newton U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785, a Tinman
Newton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Newton, aged 60, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Pacific" from Liverpool
- L Newton, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
- Caroline Newton, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
Newton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Stanwick Newton, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Thomas Newton, a candle-maker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- William Newton, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Gamaleil Newton, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Newton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
Newton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Andrew James Newton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Artemesia" in 1854
- A. Newton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Artemesia" in 1854
- S. Newton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Artemesia" in 1854
- Thomas Newton arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
- Philip Newton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
- Dominic Newton (1977-2015), known by his stage name The Jacka, an American rapper who was fatally shot by an unidentified gunman in Oakland
- Miss Jane Newton (1861-1914), American Second Class Passenger from Antler, North Dakota, United States who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Francis Newton (1874-1946), American sliver and bronze Olympic medalist for golf at the 1904 Summer Games
- Arthur Newton (1883-1950), American Olympian who won gold and two bronze medals at the 1904 games
- John Newton (1822-1895), American engineer officer in the United States Army, a Union general in the American Civil War, and Chief of the Corps of Engineers
- Nathaniel Newton (b. 1961), American former NFL football offensive lineman
- Huey Percy Newton (1942-1989), African-American political and urban activist, co-founder of the Black Panther Party in 1966
- Cameron Jerrell Newton (b. 1989), American NFL football quarterback
- Wayne F. Newton (b. 1942), born Carson Wayne Newton, American singer and entertainer
- Keith Newton PA (b. 1952), English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Richborough (2002-2010)
- The Descendants of James Huston by Edith Luella Houston Hurlbutt.
- Genealogy of Newton-Forsyth by Leo L. Lemonds.
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: Huic habeo non tibi
Motto Translation: I hold it for him, not for thee.
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The Newton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Newton 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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