What does Newman mean?
Newman /new-man/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Newman is "newcomer". First used as a given name in England in the 19th century, probably due to the fame of reforming cleric John Henry (Cardinal) Newman. Actor Paul Newman.
How popular is Newman?
Newman is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#273 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Newman for boys. Newman entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its apex rank of #859 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)