NEUMANN Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Neumann Mean?

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.

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 is the NEUMANN Surname 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.


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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