The history of the name Numan begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was a name for a stranger or newcomer. The surname Numan is derived from the Old English words neowe, niwe,
which all mean new,
and the word mann,
which means man.
Early Origins of the Numan family
The surname Numan was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
from early times. There are also early records of Stangrim Noueman listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1166; Godwin Nieweman listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1169; and Robert le Nyman in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 lists four entries for the name: Robert Niweman in Cambridgeshire; Herbert le Niweman in Oxfordshire; Matthew Neuman in Huntingdon; and John le Neuman in Bedfordshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Numan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Numan research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1663, 1636 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Numan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Numan 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 Numan 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 Numan include: Newman, Newmen, Newmin and others.
Early Notables of the Numan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Samuel Newman (1602-1663), English-born, American clergyman in colonial Massachusetts, born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
, he was prosecuted for nonconformity and emigrated... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Numan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Numan family to Ireland
Some of the Numan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 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 Numan 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 Numan or a variant listed above: Alice Newman settled in Virginia in 1638; George Newman settled in Maine in 1630; Joe Newman settled in Virginia in 1635; along with John, Mountford, Richard, Thomas, and Robert.
The Numan 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: Ubi amor ibi fides
Motto Translation: Where there is love there is faith.