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Needham Surname Origin
Locality. From Needham, a market-town in Suffolk, England--the village of cattle; Saxon, neat, Danish, nod, a herd, and ham, a village. In another sense it may denote the clean, fair town.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Needham Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Needham Family History Thought:
'If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy of reading,
Or do things worthy of writing.' --Benjamin Franklin, May 1738