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
Farmer 74
General Labourer 70
Living On Own Means 68
Cotton Weaver 50
General Servant Domestic 48
Dress Maker 42
Scholar 36
Coal Miner Hewer 35
Cotton Spinner 32
Domestic Servant 25
Agricultural Labourer 22
Coal Miner C Hewer 20
Cook Domestic 18
Cotton Card Room Hand 18
Housemaid Domestic 18
Bricklayer 16
Dock Labourer 16
Coal Miner 16
Charwoman 15
Carpenter 14
Railway Engine Driver 13
Coal Hewer 13
Police Constable 13
Laundress Wash 12
House Keeper Domestic 12

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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