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Needham Coat of Arms / Needham Family Crest

Needham Coat of Arms / Needham Family Crest

The surname of NEEDHAM was a locational name 'of Needham' a parish in County Norfolk, a market town in County Suffolk, and an estate in County Derbyshire, from which place Earl Kilmorey's family took their name. The name is familiar both in counties Lancashire and Derbyshire. Local surnames, by far the largest group, derived from a place name where the man held land or from the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. These local surnames were originally preceded by a preposition such as "de", "atte", "by" or "in". The names may derive from a manor held, from working in a religious dwelling or from literally living by a wood or marsh or by a stream. Following the Crusades in Europe a need was felt for a family name. This was recognized by those of noble blood, who realised the prestige and practical advantage it would add to their status. Early records of the name mention Thomas de Nedham, 1227, County Norfolk. Albric de Nedham, County Cambridge, 1273. Thomas Needham of County Suffolk, registered at Oxford University in 1578. Baptised. Ann Needham at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1596. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Registered in County Derbyshire. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.


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last updated on: November 23rd, 2019

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