The ancestors of the name Niwodegate date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Niwodegate family lived in the settlement of Newdigate in the county of Surrey
. The surname Niwodegate belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Niwodegate family
The surname Niwodegate was first found in Surrey
at Newdigate, a village and civil parish in the Mole Valley which dates back to 1167 where it was listed as Niudegate and literally meant "gate by the new wood" from the Old English words niwe + wudu + geat. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Niwodegate family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Niwodegate research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1640, 1500, 1535, 1535, 1571, 1610, 1602, 1678, 1677, 1660, 1644, 1709, 1668 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Niwodegate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Niwodegate Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Niwodegate are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Niwodegate include: Newdegate, Niwodegate, Newdigate, Newgate and others.
Early Notables of the Niwodegate family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sebastian Newdigate, O.Cart., (1500-1535), the seventh child of John Newdigate, Sergeant-at-law; he was executed for treason on June 19th, 1535 for his refusal to accept Henry VIII's assumption of supremacy over the Church in England
, he was beatified by the Catholic Church; Sir... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Niwodegate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Niwodegate family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Niwodegate or a variant listed above: John Newgate (also Newdegate) settled in Boston in 1635; Jane Newdigate, who settled in Virginia in 1664; and Nathaniel Newdigate, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1750..
The Niwodegate Motto
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: Confide recte agens
Motto Translation: Trust in fair dealing.