Neumann Surname Meaning and Family History

The Neumann surname originated as a nickname for someone who was a newcomer to the area.
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The Neumann surname originated as a descriptive surname or nickname for a "new man, settler, or newcomer," from the German prefix neu, meaning "new," and mann, meaning "man." NEWMAN is an English version of this surname.

Neumann is the 18th most common German surname.

Surname Origin: German, Danish, Jewish


Famous People with the Neumann Surname

  • Balthasar Neumann - 18th-century German architect
  • John von Neumann - famous Hungarian mathematician
  • Elsa Neumann - German physicist
  • Gerhard Neumann - German-American aviation engineer

Where the Neumann Surname Is Most Common

According to surname distribution from Forebears, the Neumann surname is most common in Germany, where it is the 16th most common last name. It's also fairly common in Austria, ranking 120th. According to WorldNames PublicProfiler, the Neumann surname is found throughout Germany, but especially in the northeastern part of the country in the states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Sachsen. The Newman surname, on the other hand, is most frequent in southern England, in the South West, South East, and East Anglia regions.

Surname maps at indicate the Neumann surname is found in the greatest numbers in Berlin, followed by the cities and counties of Hamburg, Region Hannover, Recklinghausen, München, Essen, Köln, Löbau-Zittau, Dortmund, and Bremen.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname Neumann

  • Meanings of Common German Surnames: Uncover the meaning of your German last name with this article on how various types of German surnames originated, and a list of the 50 most common last names in Germany.
  • Neumann Family Crest - It's Not What You Think: Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Neumann family crest or coat of arms for the Neumann surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male-line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.
  • Newman Family DNA Surname Project: Individuals with the Newman surname, and variations including Neumann, Neuman, Nauman, Naumann, Nawman, Newnam, Newnom, Neaman, Neiman, Numan, Pneuman, and von Neumann, are invited to participate in this group DNA project in an attempt to learn more about Newman family origins. The website includes information on the project, the research done to date, and instructions on how to participate.
  • Neumann Family Genealogy Forum: This free message board is focused on descendants of Neumann ancestors around the world.
  • FamilySearch Neumann Genealogy: Explore over 3.2 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Neumann surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Neumann Surname Mailing List: Free mailing list for researchers of the Neumann surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.
  • - NEUMANN Genealogy & Family History: Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Neumann.
  • GeneaNet - Neumann Records: GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Neumann surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.
  • The Neumann Genealogy and Family Tree Page: Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Neumann surname from the website of Genealogy Today.
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