Hewetson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1] The name is extended to denote "son of," as in "son of Huet." [2]

Early Origins of the Hewetson family

The surname Hewetson was first found in Yorkshire, where Henry Hwetsone was listed as a Freeman of York in 1363. A few years later, Richard Huetson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

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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Ireland 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.


United States Hewetson migration to the United States +

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

Australia Hewetson migration to Australia +

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

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" [3]

New Zealand Hewetson 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:

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 [4]
  • Mary Hewetson, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873 [4]
  • Elizabeth Hewetson, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873 [4]
  • Richard Hewetson, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873 [4]
  • Mary Hewetson, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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)


  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/medina1852.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 4th November 2011). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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