The town got its name from the Old English word for Newport, 'Neuport,' meaning new market and later Pagnell from the Paynell family who owned the land. The town is relatively large, with growing business and infrastructure. It was once the home of luxury car manufacture, Aston Martin. Milton Keynes is the nearest large town and is known for its bowl stadium, where big bands have played. There are also more bars and other forms of nightlife. For people looking to show some sporting support Pagnell Town F.C is the local team and they play on Willen Road. Newport Pagnell was featured in the song by The Smiths, 'Is it really so strange?' It was also where Bloc Party bassist Gordon Moakes went to school..