The English surname Newman, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is a nickname for a newcomer to a place, from the Middle English terms newe meaning “new” and man meaning “man.” The first record of the name is Stangrim Noueman in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1166. Godwin Nieweman is recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire, England in 1169. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1635 when Thomas Newman, aged fifteen left London on the ship "Plaine Joan" bound for Virginia. Today there are approximately 100,000 bearers of the name Newman living in the US.
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