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Where did the English Dewy family come from? What is the English Dewy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dewy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dewy family history?The name Dewy was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dewy family lived in Devon. This family was originally from Douai, near Lille, Normandy, and it is from this location that their surname derives.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Dewey, Dewy, Dewye and others.
First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Dewy or a variant listed above:
Dewy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Dewy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dewy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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