The ancient history of the Ninham name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in one of several places called Newnham throughout England
. The place-name is derived from the Old English elements niwe,
which means new, and ham,
which means farm or village.
Early Origins of the Ninham family
The surname Ninham was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Ninham family
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Ninham Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ninham include Newnam, Newnham, Newenham, Newengham, Newnhom, Newnom and many more.
Early Notables of the Ninham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ninham family to Ireland
Some of the Ninham family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ninham family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ninham or a variant listed above: John Newnom who settled in Virginia in 1648; John Newham settled in Virginia in 1653; George Newnham settled in Maine in 1654; and Thomas Newnhom settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1796..