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Origins of the Newman surname

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What does the name Newman mean?

The Newman surname is English, and comes from the Old English 'Niwe Man' (new person or stranger). It derives from a description of somebody who was newly settled to an area from another location, and their lineage. The name can sometimes be an anglicisation of the German name 'Neumann', a name with very similar etymological heritage.

Alternative variations of the name Newman

Newman, Newmane, Newmen, Neman, Numan

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Where do most Newmans live?

In 1921, most Newmans lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Newmans

How common is your surname?

142nd most common surname in the UK

We have 237,000 records for the Newman surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Newmans most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Johnsons

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What are the most common Newman first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Newman family members

Common jobs for Newmans

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

Common Female occupations for Newmans in 1921
Dressmaker

1,041

Laundress

914

Domestic Servant

640

General Servant Domestic

581

Servant

502

Common Male occupations for Newmans in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,659

General Labourer

931

Carpenter

867

Farm Labourer

781

Tailor

518

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