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Early Origins of the Ewert family

The surname Ewert 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 Ewert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ewert research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1615, 1683, 1688, 1218, 1255, 1288, 1579, 1589, 1646, 1678, 1607, 1759, 1792, 1759, 1787, 1788, 1788 and are included under the topic Early Ewert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ewert Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Ewert 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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Ewert Ranking

In the United States, the name Ewert is the 11,878th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Ewert family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ewert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Ewert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [7]
  • Hans Ewert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [7]
Ewert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David and Elizabeth Ewert, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1840
  • J Ewert, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [7]
  • Heinrich Ewert, who landed in Texas in 1852 [7]
  • Wilh Ewert, aged 48, who arrived in New York, NY in 1873 [7]
  • Heinr Ewert, aged 31, who arrived in New York, NY in 1874 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ewert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ewert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Johann Ewert, who landed in Manitoba in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Ewert (post 1700) +

  • Marcus "Mark" Ewert (b. 1972), American writer, actor and director
  • Adolph W. Ewert (1865-1890), American politician in the state of South Dakota
  • Howard Ewert, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1912 [8]
  • Albert M. Ewert, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Eaton County, 1933; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1934 [8]
  • Adolph W. Ewert (b. 1865), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 24th District, 1909-10; South Dakota State Treasurer, 1913-17 [8]
  • Maximilian C. Jehuda Ewert (b. 1974), German composer and violinist
  • Keith Walter Wilson Ewert (1918-1989), Australian politician
  • Jörg-Peter Ewert (b. 1938), German neurophysiologist and researcher in Neuroethology
  • Fritz Ewert (b. 1937), German footballer

The Ewert 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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook