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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Hewson is the "son of little Hugh."

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The surname Hewson 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, on the Isle of Bute, from ancient times where they were descended from the MacDonalds of Sleat.

Historical recordings of the name Hewson include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Hewison, Heweson, Howeson, Howeston, Howstoun, Huison and many more.


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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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Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hewson, or a variant listed above:

Hewson Settlers in 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 United States in the 19th Century


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

Hewson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Catherine Hewson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Mary Hewson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • George Hewson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1837

Hewson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Hewson, English Convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Hewson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Hewson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864

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  • Stephen Hewson, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 4th District, 1865
  • Robert C. Hewson, American politician, Representative from New York 29th District, 1884
  • John Hewson, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Evansville, Indiana, 1856-59
  • George F. Hewson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1944
  • Daniel Hewson, American politician, Mayor of Auburn, New York, 1849
  • John Robert Hewson Ph.D. (b. 1946), Australian economist and former Liberal politician, Leader of the Federal Liberal Party from 1990 to 1994
  • Mr. William Hewson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • 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
  • Emily Hewson (b. 1982), Australian professional tennis player

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