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Newman Name Meaning

English: nickname for a newcomer to a place, from Middle English newe ‘new’ + man ‘man’. This form has also absorbed several European cognates with the same meaning, for example Neumann. (For other forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.)

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Snowman, Nyman, Neeman, Nieman, Newlin, Edman, Kelman, Newmann

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Where is the Newman family from?

You can see how Newman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Newman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Newman families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 5,303 Newman families living in London. This was about 23% of all the recorded Newman's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Newman families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Newman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Newman ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Newman. 6% of Newman men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Newman women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Newman were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Gardener
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Newman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Newman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 98,000 immigration records available for the last name Newman. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 124,000 military records available for the last name Newman. For the veterans among your Newman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Newman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Newman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Newman in 1940 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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