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Where did the English Nyman family come from? What is the English Nyman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nyman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nyman family history?

The name Nyman is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a stranger or newcomer. The surname Nyman is derived from the Old English words neowe, niwe, and nige, which all mean new, and the word mann, which means man.


Nyman has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Newman, Newmen, Newmin and others.

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 of Norfolk in 1166; Godwin Nieweman listed in the Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire in 1169; and Robert le Nyman in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [1] 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. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nyman research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1663, 1636 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Nyman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nyman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Nyman 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.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Nymans to arrive on North American shores:

Nyman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J M Nyman, aged 41, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850
  • J Magnus Nyman, aged 26, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850
  • Jacob Nyman, aged 44, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850
  • Jacob Victor Nyman, aged 9, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850
  • Sven August Nyman, aged 11, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850

Nyman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Andrew, Nyman Jr., who landed in Mississippi in 1904
  • Gustof Nyman, who landed in Mississippi in 1905
  • Gustaf Walter Nyman, who arrived in Alabama in 1915
  • John Alfred Nyman, who landed in Alabama in 1924


  • Preston Nyman (b. 1997), English actor, known for Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007), 3rd & Bird (2008) and Penelope (2006)
  • Andy Nyman (b. 1966), English BAFTA actor, and producer, known for Death at a Funeral (2007), Severance (2006) and Black Death (2010)
  • Michael Laurence Nyman CBE (b. 1944), English three-time Golden Globe nominated composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for The Piano (1993), Gattaca (1997) and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)


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.


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  1. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Nyman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nyman 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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