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Hewitt is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Hewitt family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Hewitt family lived in Huet or Huest near Evreux in Normandy, France. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Alternatively, the name was derived from 'the son of Hugh'; Middle English Hugh, How, and Hew, diminutive Hughet and Hewet. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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The surname Hewitt was first found in Devon where the first record of the family was Roger Huet, Huiet who was listed in the Pipe Rolls there in 1182, 1185. Later the Assize Rolls listed William Huet in Shropshire in 1221 Roger Hughet in Somerset in 1280. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
William de Huet paid a fine in Lincolnshire in 1204 and Peter Hughet was listed in Sussex in 1278. "Sir Walter Hewet was a distinguished warrior in France temp. Edward III., and from him descended the Hewets, created baronets 1621 and 1660, and Viscounts Hewet 1689, also eminent lawyer James Hewett, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and 1st Viscount Lifford." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Kirby's Quest of Somerset listed Gilbert Huet there temp. 1 Edward III. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Agnes Huet-wyf; Ricardus Huetson; and Willelmus Howetson. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hewitt have been found, including Hewitt, Hewett, Hewatt, Hewet, Hewit, Hewat and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewitt research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1660, 1605, 1662, 1652, 1689, 1591, 1614, 1658, 1712, 1789 and are included under the topic Early Hewitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hewitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hewitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hewitt were among those contributors:

Hewitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Hewitt settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Rich Hewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • Kath Hewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Alice Hewitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Charles Hewitt, who landed in Maryland in 1673
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Hewitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Hewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Richard Hewitt, who arrived in North Carolina in 1724

Hewitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Hewitt, who landed in New York in 1802
  • James Hewitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • John Hewitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Joseph Hewitt, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Hewitt, aged 25, landed in New York in 1816
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Hewitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Hewitt, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Henry Grigg Hewitt, aged 21, a foreman in timbers, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • James Hewitt arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Sarah Hewitt arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837
  • Michael Hewitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Dugdale" in 1840
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Hewitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Hewitt landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • Francis Hewitt landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • W Hewitt landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • John Hewitt arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1859
  • John Hewitt, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
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  • Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt (1887-1972), American Navy commander, eponym of the USS Hewitt (DD-966)
  • Peter Cooper Hewitt (1861-1921), American electrical engineer and inventor of the first mercury-vapor lamp in 1901
  • Abram Stevens Hewitt (1822-1903), American teacher, politician, lawyer, an iron manufacturer, chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1876 to 1877, mayor of New York
  • Brigadier-General Leland Ross Hewitt (1896-1967), American Director of Flying, Air Corps Primary Flying School, Randolph Field, Texas (1936-1940)
  • Charles Hewitt, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Mercer County, 1872-74
  • Charles Hewitt, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 8th District, 1874
  • Charles E. Hewitt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1928
  • Charles J. Hewitt (1867-1940), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 2nd District, 1902-04; Member of New York State Senate, 1909-38
  • Cyrus Hewitt, American politician, Mayor of Lansing, Michigan, 1868-69
  • D. S. Hewitt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1888
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Hewitt Historic Events



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James Hewitt, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth Hewitt, British P R, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Walter G Hewitt, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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  • The Hewitts of Athens County, Ohio by Susan L. Mitchell.
  • The Lineage of Lucy Waterman Hewitt and George Washburn by Philip Alan Wilcox.
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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: Ne te quaesiveris extra
Motto Translation: Seek nothing beyond your sphere.

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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Hewitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hewitt 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.

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