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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 and 1591 are included under the topic Early Hewitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 31 words(2 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
Hewitt Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hewitt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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.
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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