Dewit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Dewit is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Dewit comes 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 Dewit family

The surname Dewit 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 Dewit family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewit research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1720, 1693, 1694 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Dewit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dewit Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dewit include Jowett, Jowet, Jowit, Jowitt, Jewett, Jewet, Juet, Jouet, Juett and many more.

Early Notables of the Dewit family (pre 1700)

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Dewit migration to the United States

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Dewits to arrive on North American shores:

Dewit Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gysbert DeWit, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1644 [1]
  • Peter Janse DeWit, who landed in New Jersey in 1652 [1]
  • Gertrud Weingart DeWit, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1662 [1]
  • Jan DeWit, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1662 [1]
Dewit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John DeWit, who arrived in New Jersey in 1740 [1]

Dewit migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dewit Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Garnet Dewit U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John Dewit U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dewit (post 1700)

  • Dani de Wit, Dutch footballer
  • Rob de Wit (b. 1962), Dutch decathlete and bobsledder
  • Rob de Wit (b. 1963), Dutch footballer
  • Piet de Wit (b. 1946), Dutch cyclist
  • Peter de Wit (b. 1958), Dutch comics artist and cartoonist
  • Pierre de Wit (b. 1987), German footballer
  • Paul de Wit (1852-1925), Dutch editor and collector of musical instruments
  • Michaël Dudok de Wit (b. 1953), Dutch animator, film director, and illustrator
  • Lara de Wit (b. 1983), Australian pianist, violinist, and composer
  • Maarten de Wit (1883-1955), Dutch Olympic sailor
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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