Hewetson is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hewetson family lived in Huet near Evreux in Normandy
, France. The Normans
frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy
as part of their name. Immediately following the Norman Conquest
, William the Conqueror drastically affected the appearance of the social hierarchy in England
by dispossessing nearly all Anglo-Saxon
landholders and replacing them with his own followers and military supporters. Furthermore, William established a feudal
regime in England
, that made all landholders subordinate to the King or chief landholder, and the old English estates became fiefs held by crown vassals. The vassals, who were otherwise known as tenants-in-chief or the new landed aristocracy, were French-speaking and skilled in mounted combat.
Early Origins of the Hewetson family
The surname Hewetson was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hewetson family
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Hewetson 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. Hewetson has been recorded under many different variations, including Hewitson, Hewartson, Hewetson and others.
Early Notables of the Hewetson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hewetson family to Ireland
Some of the Hewetson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hewetson family to the New World and Oceana
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. Hewetsons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Hewetson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Rowland Hewetson, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1733
- Thomas Wallis Hewetson, who settled in Boston in 1777
Hewetson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Hewetson, who settled in New York in 1813
Hewetson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Hewetson, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/medina1852.shtml
Hewetson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Richard Hewetson, aged 47, a farmer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
- Mary Hewetson, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
- Elizabeth Hewetson, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
- Richard Hewetson, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
- Mary Hewetson, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hewetson (post 1700)
- Christopher Hewetson (1736-1798), Irish sculptor, who worked in Rome
- Sir Reginald Hewetson (1908-1993), British Army officer and General, Commander British Forces Hong Kong (1961-1963)