Needham Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Needham Name Meaning: Habitational for any one of a number of places with this name i.e Suffolk. Old English ned 'hardship' + ham 'homestead'.

Usually implied a place of 'hardship' & 'poor living'.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Needham Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Needham family

Profession Census Frequency
Agricultural Labourer 126
Female Servant 111
Independent 77
Farmer 70
Male Servant 60
Labourer 53
Cotton Weaver 31
Frame Work Knitter 31
Coal Miner 25
Cotton Spinner 25
Cotton Piecer 23
Shoe Maker 21
Silk Weaver 21
Weaver 19
Lead Miner 15
Apprentice 13
Butcher 13
Stocking Maker 12
Lace Maker 11
Joiner 10
Cotton Carder 9
Dress Maker 9
Collier 8
Cutler 8
Baker 8

Needham Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Needham 100% 43,432
2 Nudham 71% 264
3 Nedham 86% 198
4 Neadham 86% 129

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The surname Needham is the most popular version of all its varients

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