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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.

Dewey Early Origins



The surname Dewey 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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Dewey Spelling Variations


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Dewey Spelling Variations



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.

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Dewey Early History


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Dewey Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Dewey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dewey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dewey 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



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

  • Thomas Dewey, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Elizabeth Dewey, who arrived in Maryland in 1675-1680
  • Jonathan Dewey, who arrived in Westfield, Massachusetts in 1689

Dewey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Dewey who settled in Bristol Rhode Island in 1820
  • Henry Dewey, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • S L Dewey, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • O H Dewey, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Dewey, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dewey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Chris Dewey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Dewey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Benedick Dewey, who arrived in Canada in 1836

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dewey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dewey (post 1700)



  • Charles S. Dewey (1880-1980), American politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Charles Melville Dewey (1849-1937), American painter
  • John Dewey, American teacher, philosopher, and educational reformer, he advocated "learning by doing"
  • George Dewey (1837-1971), American naval officer who attained fame in the Spanish-American War, also referred to as Commodore Dewey, eponym of the USS Dewey (DDG-105) and USS Dewey (DD-349)
  • Melvil Dewey (1851-1931), American librarian, inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system for library classification
  • Thomas Edmund Dewey (1902-1971), Governor of New York and unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States
  • Charles Almon Dewey (1877-1958), United States federal judge in Iowa's southern district

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Dewey Historic Events


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Dewey Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Edward D G Dewey (b. 1923), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Dewey


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Suggested Readings for the name Dewey



  • Families of Dr. Charles Carroll, 1691-1755, and Cornet Thomas Dewey, 160?-1648 by Douglas Carroll.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

    This page was last modified on 16 February 2016 at 06:39.

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