Dewing is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dewing family lived in Devon. This family was originally from Douai, near Lille, Normandy, and it is from this location that their surname derives.
The surname Dewing 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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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Dewing are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dewing include Dewey, Dewy, Dewye and others.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Dewing, or a variant listed above:
Dewing Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Andrew Dewing, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1646 
Dewing Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Charles R. Dewing, aged 40, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Advance" from Cristobal 
Louise Dewing, aged 34, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Advance" from Cristobal 
Albert B. Dewing, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "War Zephyr" from Brest, France 
Edward E Dewing, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England
Henry Dewing, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Megali Hellas" from Piraeus 
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)