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

The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Hewson family. Their name comes from the "son of little Hugh."

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Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Hewson has been spelled Hewison, Heweson, Howeson, Howeston, Howstoun, Huison and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, on the Isle of Bute, from ancient times where they were descended from the MacDonalds of Sleat.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewson research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1739, 1774 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Hewson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 99 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hewson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hewson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hewsons to arrive on North American shores:

Hewson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Hewson, who landed in Maryland in 1657
  • Ralph Hewson, who arrived in Maryland in 1667
  • John Hewson, who arrived in Maryland in 1669
  • Frederick Hewson, who arrived in Virginia in 1698

Hewson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Hewson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813

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  • Jean Hewson, Canadian folk musician from Newfoundland
  • Paul David Hewson (b. 1960), known as Bono, the lead singer and principal lyricist of the Irish rock band U2. Bono is also widely known for his work as an activist concerning Africa. In 2007 he was inducted as an honorary knight of the British Empire
  • John Robert Hewson Ph.D. (b. 1946), economist and former Australian Liberal politician. He was the leader of the Federal Liberal Party from 1990 to 1994
  • Emily Hewson (b. 1982), Australian professional tennis player
  • Alison "Ali" Hewson (b. 1961), Irish activist and the wife of U2's lead singer Bono
  • David Hewson (b. 1953), contemporary British author of crime and mystery novels


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