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Dewitt is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dewitt family name 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.

Dewitt Early Origins



The surname Dewitt 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.

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Dewitt Spelling Variations


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Dewitt Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Dewitt has been recorded under many different variations, including Jowett, Jowet, Jowit, Jowitt, Jewett, Jewet, Juet, Jouet, Juett and many more.

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Dewitt Early History


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Dewitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewitt research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1720, 1693, 1694 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Dewitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dewitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dewitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dewitt 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 uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Dewitts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Dewitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tierck Claase DeWitt, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • Jacob Dewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Tjark Classen DeWitt, who landed in America in 1650
  • Pieter Janse DeWitt, who landed in New York in 1652
  • Tjerck Claessen DeWitt, who arrived in New York in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dewitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John DeWitt, who arrived in New Jersey in 1738
  • Henry DeWitt, aged 14, arrived in New York in 1775

Dewitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James C Dewitt, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • H E DeWitt, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Geert Simon DeWitt, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1848
  • T DeWitt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Theodore DeWitt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dewitt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Everet Dewitt U.E., "Everett, Evert" who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Garton DeWitt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Jacob DeWitt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Dewitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Dewitt, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Dewitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John De Witt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dewitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dewitt (post 1700)



  • John Dewitt (1881-1930), American Olympic sliver medalist for hammer throw at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Brigadier-General Wallace DeWitt (1878-1949), American Assistant Surgeon-General of the Army (1935-1939)
  • General John Lesesne DeWitt (1880-1962), American Commanding General Western Defense Command (1941-1943)
  • Brigadier-General Calvin Jr. DeWitt (1894-1989), American Commanding Officer Nagoya & Kobe Bases (1945-1946)
  • Helen DeWitt (b. 1957), American novelist
  • Keegan DeWitt (b. 1982), American film composer, singer-songwriter and actor
  • Philip Elmer DeWitt (b. 1949), American writer and editor
  • Charles DeWitt (1727-1787), American miller and statesman
  • George DeWitt (1922-1979), nationally acclaimed American singer and comedian
  • Blake Robert DeWitt (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Animo et prudentia
Motto Translation: By courage and prudence.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Dewitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dewitt 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 25 February 2016 at 09:46.

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