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New Name Meaning

English: nickname for a newcomer to an area, from Middle English newe ‘new’. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a yew tree, from a misdivision of the Middle English phrase atten ewe ‘at the yew’ (Old English æt ðæm eowe). German and Jewish (American): Translation of German Neu.

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


Similar surnames: Lew, Ney, Neu, Jew, Hew, Kew, Dew, Rew, Mew, Fey

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Where is the New family from?

You can see how New families moved over time by selecting different census years. The New family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most New families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 21 New families living in New York. This was about 16% of all the recorded New's in the USA. New York had the highest population of New families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the New surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your New ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named New. 20% of New men worked as a Farmer and 9% of New women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named New were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 196,000 census records available for the last name New. Like a window into their day-to-day life, New 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name New. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 311,000 military records available for the last name New. For the veterans among your New ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average New lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, New life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for New in 1940 was 40, and 71 in 2004.

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