The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the Hewen family. The root of their name is the Gaelic personal name Eógann,
which comes from the Latin name, Eugenius,
which means well born.
Hewen is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. The Hewen family was established in Scotland
, well before the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Hewen family
The surname Hewen was 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
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Dovenaldus Ewain, documented in 1164.
Early History of the Hewen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewen research.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1178, 1611, 1687, 1633, 1681 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Hewen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hewen Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Hewen has appeared in various documents spelled Ewing, Ewin, Ewen, Ewans, Ewens, Eugene, Ewan and many more.
Early Notables of the Hewen family (pre 1700)
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hewen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hewen family to Ireland
Some of the Hewen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hewen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hewen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Hewen a doctor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
The Hewen Motto
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 Translation: Boldly
Hewen Family Crest Products
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm