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Where did the English Dewey family come from? What is the English Dewey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dewey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dewey family history?The name Dewey was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dewey family lived in Devon. This family was originally from Douai, near Lille, Normandy, and it is from this location that their surname derives.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Dewey, Dewy, Dewye and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewey research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dewey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dewey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Dewey or a variant listed above:
Dewey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Dewey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Dewey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Dewey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
The Dewey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dewey 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.
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