Fig Newtons have been around for 125 years. Fig Newtons first appeared in 1891. Fig Newtons were named after Newton Mass. not Sir Isaac Newton.
However, alert this may startle you a bit!!! While the cookie now comes in a great amount of fruit filling the fig flavor is still available but the stigma is leaving. The word "Fig" has been removed. The problem is that the "fig" has a bad reputation. Many think of it as geriatric food it also reminds many of prunes. We all know what prunes have a tendency to make someone do.
Be sure to visit the Fig Newton page to find some great recipes