What you will find here

On these pages you will find the overall structure of the Burgh Castle family at large, articles, biographies, a gazetteer of place names, a memorial to Newarks who saw active military service, and other information and graphic material related to Newark/Newrick family history.  You are invited to return here from time to time as the pages are updated to reflect new information.  If you are looking for detailed genealogical information for Newark/Newrick familes click “THE NEWARKS.CA” button in the navigation bar to the left (you will need to apply for a free account in order to enter the site).


Purpose of this web site

The purpose of these pages is to provide a family history telling the story of individuals, and placing the family in the context of time, place, and society.  While some genealogical detail is included, detailed lists of family members, their relationships and vital statistics are excluded in an attempt to make the pages more readable.

Research on the Newark/Newrick families of Burgh Castle is being carried out by Michael Newark (himself a descendant of James & Ann Newark of Burgh Castle) who originated and runs these web pages and who is pleased to respond to enquiries for family detail. To get started on your exploration of these web pages, we suggest going to the introduction link at the top of the navigation bar to the left.  We hope you enjoy your visit and find the material interesting and useful.


Hello to NEWRICKs

If you are a NEWRICK, no matter where you live in the world, you are almost certainly a descendant of James and Ann NEWARK (late 17th and early 18th century farm family of Burgh Castle which was originally in Suffolk, England).  You are almost certainly related, albeit distantly, to anyone else by the name Newrick and to the Newricks who still live in Suffolk today.  The exception are descendants of a family from Russia/Poland named Neurick whose name was anglicized when they emigrated to England and then elsewhere.  Your Newrick name is rare, compared for instance to the name Smith which accounts for roughly 1 person out of 70 in England, whereas only one person out of 300,000 (very roughly) is named Newrick.  The Newrick name is a variant of the Newark name and appears to have originated due to the peculiarities of Suffolk/Norfolk pronounciation.


Hello to NEWARKs

If you are a NEWARK the picture is a little more complex.  You may well be a descendant of James and Ann Newark of Suffolk and thus also related distantly to Newricks.  You may also be descended from clusters of other Newark families located in Lincolnshire, the West Midlands, London and a few other English counties.  These groups are probably all unrelated to each other.  In the US most people named Newark (but not all) are actually descendants of European immigrants from Prussia, Poland, Bavaria etc whose names (such as Neuwart) were anglicized to Newark.  The name is uncommon with roughly one person in England out of every 130,000 named Newark.


NEWARK is an old name

One thing is sure, the family name Newark originated in England hundreds of years ago and is derived from the place named Newark in Nottinghamshire.  Influential individuals in the church and in the King’s court from Newark in all likelihood spread the name by means of their dealings in land and church business, their vassals and tenants becoming known by the name Newark.  There are numerous records of a Newark family wielding just such power and influence.  It existed in Yorkshire from the 1200s to about 1700 when it seems to have died out.




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