Needham Family History
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Needham Name Meaning
English: habitational name from places in Derbyshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, so named from Old English ned ‘need’, ‘hardship’ + ham ‘homestead’, i.e. a place that provided a poor living. Irish (County Mayo): English surname adopted as an equivalent of Irish Ó Niadh (see Nee).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press