This area is historically part of Point Breeze, but Developer John Longacre (owner of the South Philadelphia Taproom, American Sardine Bar, Brew and Renewbold) dubbed the neighborhood "Newbold" in 2003 in an effort to differentiate it from the rest of Point Breeze. Longacre drew inspiration for the name from the original name of Hicks Street. Soon he formed the Newbold CDC and a civic association which gave rise to other area civic groups.
According to their websites, Newbold Civic Association (NCA), created in 2006, and Newbold Neighbors Association (NNA), created in 2007, dispute the north/south boundaries of the neighborhood. The NCA claims the southern boundary as Wolf Street while the NNA claims the southern boundary as Passyunk Avenue, one to three blocks farther north (variable due to the southwest to northeast orientation of Passyunk). The NCA claims the northern boundary as Tasker Street while the NNA claims the northern boundary as Washington Avenue, about six blocks to the north.