The surname of NEWPORT was a locational name 'of Newport' a large hamlet in County Devon, a parish in County Essex, and the well-known sea-port town in Monmouthshire. It would seem that Essex was the chief parent of the name. Early records mention William de Neuport, County Buckinghamshire, 1273. A locational name usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The original bearer would take his name from the village, town or the area where he dwelt. This name would identify his whole family, and would follow them wherever they moved 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 that it would add to their status. Gernega de Neuport, County Lincolnshire, ibid. Francis Newporte of County Salop, registered at Oxford University in the year 1574, and Charles Newport of Northamptonshire, was entered there in 1589. John Fuller and Hannah Newport were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1744. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The family were possibly descended from John de NEWPORT, Knight Templing to Edward I. Earl of Bradford. Extinct. 1762.
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