Hughit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Hughit reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Hughit family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hughit family lived in Huet or Huest near Evreux in Normandy, France. [1] Alternatively, the name was derived from 'the son of Hugh'; Middle English Hugh, How, and Hew, diminutive Hughet and Hewet. [2]

Early Origins of the Hughit family

The surname Hughit was first found in Devon where the first record of the family was Roger Huet, Huiet who was listed in the Pipe Rolls there in 1182, 1185. Later the Assize Rolls listed William Huet in Shropshire in 1221 Roger Hughet in Somerset in 1280. [3] William de Huet paid a fine in Lincolnshire in 1204 and Peter Hughet was listed in Sussex in 1278. "Sir Walter Hewet was a distinguished warrior in France temp. Edward III., and from him descended the Hewets, created baronets 1621 and 1660, and Viscounts Hewet 1689, also eminent lawyer James Hewett, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and 1st Viscount Lifford." [1]

Kirby's Quest of Somerset listed Gilbert Huet there temp. 1 Edward III. [4] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Agnes Huet-wyf; Ricardus Huetson; and Willelmus Howetson. [2]

Important Dates for the Hughit family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hughit research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1660, 1605, 1662, 1652, 1689, 1591, 1614, 1658, 1712, 1789 and are included under the topic Early Hughit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hughit Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hewitt, Hewett, Hewatt, Hewet, Hewit, Hewat and others.

Early Notables of the Hughit family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Viscount Lifford; Rev. Thomas Huet (died 1591), a Welsh clergyman and translator of the Bible; and Rev'd. Dr. John Hewett (Huett) (1614-1658), chaplain to Charles I who was later executed for treason as a Royalist. Born in...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hughit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hughit family to Ireland

Some of the Hughit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 84 words (6 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 Hughit family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hughit name or one of its variants: Ephraim Hewett settled in New England in 1639; Francis Hewett settled in Virginia in 1652; William Hewett arrived in Barbados in 1668; Richard Hewitt settled in Virginia in 1637.

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Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
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