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Origins of the Needham surname

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About the Needhams

We have a total number of 73549 records for people with the last name Needham.

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Where do most Needhams live?

In 1921, most Needhams lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Needhams

How common is your surname?

655th most common surname in the UK

We have 64,700 records for the Needham surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Needhams most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Needham first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Needhams

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Needhams in 1921


Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




Common Male occupations for Needhams in 1921


Coal Miner


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


Farm Labourer


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