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Early Origins of the Ewart family

The surname Ewart was first found in Durham where they were Barons of Witton-le-Wear in the county of Durham, where they had their castle, as well as Lords of Kirkley, in Northumberland ; and descended from Eustace Fitzjohn, one of the greatest barons in the reign of Henry I. by his second marriage with the heiress of the Constable of Chester. Their younger grandson, Roger, received the barony of Warkworth from Henry II., and was the father of Richard, who founded Langley Abbey in Norfolk. King Richard gave him Eure in Buckinghamshire, from which place his grandson Hugh, the ancestor of the Lords Evers, derived his name." [1]

They were a renowned Border family, whose exploits as march-wardens have been sung in many a tale and ballad, and last, but not least, by Sir Walter Scott:

" When the Douglas true, and the bold Buccleuch

'Gainst keen Lord Evers stood."

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Matilda Yowherd; Thomas Yowhvrd; and Johannes Ewehird. [2]

Ewart, a township in the parish of Doddington, Northumberland was where the Scottish border Ewarts originated and are well represented in English directories through the years. [3] [4]

In Scotland, we find it was a "surname of an old family in Galloway, who are said to have come originally from Roxburghshire. Andrew Ewart was treasurer of Kirkcudbright in 1583." [5]

Early History of the Ewart family

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Ewart Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ewart, Ewert and others.

Early Notables of the Ewart family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Nigel Ewart, Chief of Bodisbeg in 1607. Joseph Ewart (1759-1792), was a Scottish-born diplomatist, eldest son of the minister of Troquear in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright and was born on 30 April 1759. He was educated at Dumfries and at Edinburgh University, and then acted as travelling tutor to Macdonald of Clanronald. While abroad, Ewart made the acquaintance of Sir...
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Ewart Ranking

In the United States, the name Ewart is the 12,641st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Ewart family to Ireland

Some of the Ewart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Ewart migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ewart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George, James, and John Ewart who, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1786
Ewart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Ewart, who landed in New York in 1818 [7]
  • William Ewart, who landed in New York in 1818 [7]
  • John Ewart, who arrived in New York in 1822 [7]

Australia Ewart migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ewart Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Ewart, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [8]

New Zealand Ewart 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:

Ewart Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Ewart, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • Mr. Joseph Ewart, (b. 1845), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [9]
  • Mrs. Sarah J. Ewart, (b. 1849), aged 26, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [9]
  • Miss Sarah J. Ewart, (b. 1872), aged 3, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ewart (post 1700) +

  • Thomas W. Ewart, American politician, Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Washington County, 1850-51 [10]
  • Lewis H. Ewart, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Charleston, West Virginia, 1881-84 [10]
  • Hamilton Glover Ewart (1849-1918), American Republican politician, Mayor of Hendersonville, North Carolina, 1877; Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1887-88, 1895-97, 1911-12 [10]
  • Edward J. Ewart, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 39th District, 1952; Candidate for New York State Assembly from St. Lawrence County, 1954 [10]
  • William Ewart (1798-1869), English politician and reformer
  • Douglas R Ewart (b. 1946), multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder
  • John Ewart (b. 1928), Australian Film Institute award winning actor from Melbourne, Australia
  • David Ewart (1841-1921), Canadian architect who served as Chief Dominion Architect from 1896 to 1914
  • Charles Ewart (1769-1846), Scottish soldier of the Royal North British Dragoons, famous for capturing the regimental eagle of the 45th Regiment of the Line, in the Battle of Waterloo, still on display in the Scottish War Museum
  • James Cossar Ewart (1851-1933), Scottish zoologist

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Robert James Ewart, American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [11]

The Ewart 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: In cruce spero
Motto Translation: I trust in the cross.

  1. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. 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)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from
  9. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
  11. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook