Newtum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Newtum is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Newtum family lived in Cheshire, at Newton. The surname Newtum was originally derived from the Old English words, neowe, meaning new, and tun, meaning enclosure or settlement.

Early Origins of the Newtum family

The surname Newtum was 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." [1] 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." [1]

Important Dates for the Newtum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Newtum research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1374, 1543, 1661, 1626, 1699, 1660, 1642 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Newtum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Newtum Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Newton, Newdon and others.

Early Notables of the Newtum family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Newtum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Newtum family to Ireland

Some of the Newtum 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.

Migration of the Newtum family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Newtum or a variant listed above: Helen Newton, who came to Virginia in 1621; Francis Newton who settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Newton who came to Virginia in 1635; Samuel Newton and his servants, who arrived in Barbados in 1680.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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