Evett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Evett lived on the lands of Eviot in Angus where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Evett family

The surname Evett was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, where "Eviot of Balhousie was one of the oldest families connected with Perth and Angus. The history of the name has been obscured by the blunders of transcribers of early charters who almost uniformly mistook the second u for n. The name is territorial from Eviot in Angus. Willelmus Vniot granted seven acres in the territory of Inueramun to the church of S. Michael of Scone, c. 1190. Willelmus Vniec, perhaps the same person, witnessed a confirmation charter by William the Lion of the land of Ahenepobbel a. 1214. " [1]

Early History of the Evett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Evett research. Another 420 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1228, 1211, 1214, 1208, 1233, 1230, 1245, 1230, 1235, 1238, 1230, 1220, 1264, 1240, 1264, 1266, 1296, 1296, 1448, 1461, 1464, 1484, 1551, 1562, 1588, 1478, 1230, 1412 and 1422 are included under the topic Early Evett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Evett Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Evett has been spelled Eviot, Eviott, Evett, Evyot, Evyott, Evyotte and many more.

Early Notables of the Evett family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Alexander Huwyet who attested a charter by Henry de Graham c. 1230. Richard Ovyot was proprietor of Cassendally in Fife in the reign of David II. David Ovide was...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Evett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Evett migration to the United States +

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Evett:

Evett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Evett, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1671 [2]
Evett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Jane Evett, who arrived in America in 1806 [2]
  • Elizth Evett, who landed in America in 1806 [2]

New Zealand Evett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Evett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Evett, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Crusader" in 1882

Contemporary Notables of the name Evett (post 1700) +

  • Edward Duncan "Ned" Evett (b. 1967), American guitarist, singer and songwriter
  • Robert Evett (1874-1949), English singer, actor, theatre manager and producer
  • Evett L. Simmons, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004, 2008 [3]


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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