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The name Dewees reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Dewees family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dewees family lived in Devon. This family was originally from Douai, near Lille, Normandy, and it is from this location that their surname derives.

Dewees Early Origins



The surname Dewees was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Dewees Spelling Variations


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Dewees 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 Dewey, Dewy, Dewye and others.

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Dewees Early History


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Dewees Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewees research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dewees History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dewees Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dewees Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dewees Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Dewees name or one of its variants:

Dewees Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cornelius Dewees and his brothers Lewis and Willem, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1690
  • Gerritt Hendricks DeWees and his wfie Zijtijen DeWees, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1690
  • Cornelius Dewees, who arrived in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1690
  • Lewis Dewees, who arrived in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1690
  • Willem Dewees, who landed in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1690

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dewees (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dewees (post 1700)



  • Donald William Dewees Jr. (b. 1993), American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs
  • Rusty DeWees (b. 1960), American actor, producer and writer, best known for his one man comedy show, The Logger
  • James Dewees (b. 1976), American musician, known for his work with Coalesce, The Get Up Kids, Reggie and the Full Effect, New Found Glory, My Chemical Romance, Leathermouth, and others
  • William Potts Dewees (1768-1841), American physician, best known for his work in obstetrics
  • Edwin Stanton Dewees (b. 1982), American mixed martial artist
  • George S. Dewees (d. 1943), American politician, Burgess of West Chester, Pennsylvania, 1937-43
  • Dick DeWees, American politician, Mayor of Lompoc, California, 1998-99
  • Maurice Dewees (b. 1891), Belgian Olympic fencer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Dewees Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dewees 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.

    This page was last modified on 6 June 2016 at 21:54.

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