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About the study
People have asked about the origin of the name NEWMAN, and suggest it might be Anglo-Saxon. This is probably along the right lines, particularly as there is a German form of the name which is quite common. In the UK it is not very common in Wales or Scotland, nor in the north of England where the Vikings made their presence felt.
Unlike very rare surnames that can be traced back to a single person or location it is unlikely that this will happen with Newman as completely separate branches appear in all different locations.
Historical occurrences of the name
Born John Henry NEWMAN in London he was educated at Oxford and ordained a Church of England priest in 1824. In 1845 he converted to Roman Catholicism, and was appointed a Cardinal in 1879. He was beatified by pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
Max Newman (1897-1984)
Born Maxwell Herman Alexander NEUMANN in London, of German parents. He was educated at Cambridge and later lectured there in mathematics. During WWII he was engaged in important work at Bletchley Park, where he was head of the Newmanry. After the war he concluded with mathematical research.
Paul Newman (1925-2008)
Born Paul Leonard NEWMAN in Cleveland, Ohio. Interested in acting from an early age he first appeared on Broadway in 1951, he continued acting and directing up until his death.
According to an ONS database there are some 40759 Newmans as of September 2002. This makes it the 143rd most common name in England and Wales.
Distribution of the name
The one-name study also included numerous entries from Parish Registers, from overseas (United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand) as well as pedigrees submitted by many Newman researchers.