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NEEDHAM Family HistoryRecorded in a wide variety of spellings including Needham, Needam, Neden, Nedin, Nedon, Needon, Needing and even Netting, this interesting surname is English. It is locational from any one of the five places called 'Needham' in the counties of Derbyshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, or possibly in a few cases from Netton, a village in Wiltshire. As Needham the derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century elements 'ned' meaning need, with 'ham', a homestead or village, the name indicating a place that provided a poor living.
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