The English surname Newton is an habitational name from any of the many places so named, from the Old English term neowe meaning “new’ and tun meaning “enclosure, or settlement.” The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alward de Niwetuna. This was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book of Norfolk. Later records of the name include John Newton, an early emigrant to the New World. He left London in November 1635 on the ship "Expedition", bound for Barbados, whilst Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727), the early scientist, is perhaps the most notable bearer of the name. He discovered the laws of motion and gravity.