903 years ago, after the Norman invasion and conquest of England, the Norman's decided to reassess the land and holdings of the Englishmen in order to tax them. Before this date, 1066, taxes had been levied quite informally, and by a little bribery.
The Englishmen did not as yet have surnames, so the census-taker, in order to differentiate one from the other, identified each man by his position or occupation on the manor. The term "man" embraced the entire class of feudatory tenants. An important privilege granted to a "man" was that his person and case could be tired only i the court of his lord. A "new man" was a "man" who had but recently come into the jurisdiction of the lord from some other manor.
The Newman name, in a variety of spellings, appears frequently in early English records. Stangrim Noueman is listed on the Pope Rolls of Norfolk in 1166. A few years later, Godwin Niewiman appears on the Pipes of Oxford-shire, and in 1195, Ailwin le Newman appears on the Essex Pipes. Probably the most famous bearer of this name was Cardinal John Newman (1801-1890), until Seab Newman was born Feb 22, 1854.
One Newman of the Devonshire branch, was created a baronet and was granted the cost of arms illustrated above. It is blazoned: "Sable the lions rampant coupled argent langued gules" which means its Silver with 3 Black demi lions which represent strength, courage and generosity. Rampant is the position of the lions coupled-a-blow-a brilliant sudden stroke. Argent-denotes nobility, serenity and peace also associated with purity and chastity, because it withstands the test of fire. Langued-its tongue. Gules-the color red-re-resent fire. Military application signifies fortitude. Anyone claiming the use of a coat of arms, declared to the world you belong to something, some family, group, or organization.