Jouett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the Jouett family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the ancient personal name Julien. The surname of Jowett was a baptismal name which means Julien. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Jouett family
The surname Jouett was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Bredbury from early times. The lands were granted by William the Conqueror to a Norman noble by the name Jouet, from the Isle of Rhe in France. By the twelfth century they had branched to Ashton-under-Lyme in that same shire.
Important Dates for the Jouett family
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Jouett Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Jowett, Jowet, Jowit, Jowitt, Jewett, Jewet, Juet, Jouet, Juett and many more.
Early Notables of the Jouett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jouett family
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Jouett or a variant listed above: Joseph and Maximilian Jewett who settled in Massachusetts in 1630; Elizabeth Jewett settled in Norfolk, Virginia in 1823; Benjamin Jewett settled in Portland Me. in 1822.
Contemporary Notables of the name Jouett (post 1700)
- John "Jack" Jouett Jr. (1754-1822), American politician, hero of the American Revolution, known as the "Paul Revere of the South" for his late night ride to warn Thomas Jefferson
- Matthew Harris Jouett (1788-1827), American portrait painter, father of Rear Admiral James Jouett
- Rear Admiral James Edward Jouett (1826-1902), nicknamed "Fighting Jim Jouett of the American Navy", an officer in the United States Navy during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War, eponym of the USS Jouett (DD-41), USS Jouett (DD-396) and the USS Jouett (DLG-29)
- George P. Jouett, American politician, Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, 1848 
- George Jouett Meekin (1867-1944), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1891 to 1900, Temple Cup winner (1894) and he led National League in winning percentage (1894)
- Jouett Ross Todd (b. 1903), American Republican politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1939; Member of Republican National Committee from Kentucky, 1944; Treasurer of Republican National Committee, 1944 
- Jouett Hendy, American politician, Mayor of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 1901-05 
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