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Where did the English Hewitt family come from? What is the English Hewitt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hewitt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hewitt family history?

Hewitt is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Hewitt family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Hewitt family lived in Huet near Evreux in Normandy, France.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hewitt have been found, including Hewitt, Hewett, Hewatt, Hewet, Hewit, Hewat and others.

First found in Dorset 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewitt research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1660, 1605, 1662, 1652, 1689, 1591, 1614 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Hewitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hewitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hewitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hewitt were among those contributors:

Hewitt Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Hewitt settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Rich Hewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Kath Hewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Alice Hewitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Charles Hewitt, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Hewitt Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Hewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Richard Hewitt, who arrived in North Carolina in 1724

Hewitt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Hewitt, who landed in New York in 1802
  • James Hewitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • John Hewitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Joseph Hewitt, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Hewitt, aged 25, landed in New York in 1816


  • Jennifer Love Hewitt (b. 1979), American multiple-award winning actress, producer, and writer
  • Edwin Hewitt (1920-1999), American mathematician
  • Donald S Hewitt (1922-2009), American television news producer and executive, best known for creating 60 Minutes, the CBS news magazine in 1968
  • Brigadier-General Leland Ross Hewitt (1896-1967), American Director of Flying, Air Corps Primary Flying School, Randolph Field, Texas (1936-1940)
  • Abram Stevens Hewitt (1822-1903), American teacher, politician, lawyer, an iron manufacturer, chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1876 to 1877, mayor of New York
  • Peter Cooper Hewitt (1861-1921), American electrical engineer and inventor of the first mercury-vapor lamp in 1901
  • Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt (1887-1972), American Navy commander, eponym of the USS Hewitt (DD-966)
  • Angela Hewitt OC, OBE (b. 1958), Canadian award winning pianist, made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006
  • Lleyton Glynn Hewitt (b. 1981), Australian former World No. 1 tennis player who in 2001, became the youngest male ever to be ranked number one
  • Robert "Bob" Anthony John Hewitt (b. 1940), Australian former professional male tennis player, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (1992)



  • The Hewitts of Athens County, Ohio by Susan L. Mitchell.
  • The Lineage of Lucy Waterman Hewitt and George Washburn by Philip Alan Wilcox.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ne te quaesiveris extra
Motto Translation: Seek nothing beyond your sphere.


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The Hewitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hewitt 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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