Hewett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Hewett family lived in Huet or Huest near Evreux in Normandy, France. [1] Alternatively, the name was derived from 'the son of Hugh'; Middle English Hugh, How, and Hew, diminutive Hughet and Hewet. [2]

Early Origins of the Hewett family

The surname Hewett 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 and Roger Hughet in Somerset in 1280. [3]

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]

Kirby's Quest of Somerset listed Gilbert Huet there temp. 1 Edward III. [4] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Agnes Huet-wyf; Ricardus Huetson; and Willelmus Howetson. [2]

Early History of the Hewett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewett research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1660, 1605, 1662, 1652, 1689, 1591, 1567, 1614, 1658, 1712, 1789, 1709, 1744 and are included under the topic Early Hewett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hewett Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hewitt, Hewett, Hewatt, Hewet, Hewit, Hewat and others.

Early Notables of the Hewett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Reverend Thomas Huet (died 1591), a Welsh clergyman and translator of the Bible. Sir William Hewett (d. 1567), was Lord Mayor of London, son of Edmund Hewett, was born in Wales, a hamlet of Laughton-en-le-Morthen in South Yorkshire. His family had been settled in the adjoining county of Derby from early times. [5] Reverend Dr. John Hewett...
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Hewett Ranking

In the United States, the name Hewett is the 5,368th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Hewett family to Ireland

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

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Hewett or a variant listed above:

Hewett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Hewett, who landed in Virginia in 1621-1629 [7]
  • John Hewett, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [7]
  • Antho Hewett, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [7]
  • Ephraim Hewett, who settled in New England in 1639
  • Ephraim Hewett, who arrived in New England in 1644 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hewett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hannah Hewett, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [7]
  • Charles Hewett, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [7]
Hewett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hewett, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1812 [7]
  • James Hewett, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [7]
  • Dr. Hewett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]
Hewett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. William C Hewett, (b. 1857), aged 43, Cornish slater travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 5th March 1900 en route to Argyle, Pennsylvania, USA [8]

Australia Hewett migration to Australia +

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

Hewett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Hewett, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Edward Hewett, English convict from Monmouth, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Frederick Hewett, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 2nd November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Charles Thomas Hewett, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [12]
  • Hannah Jane Hewett, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [12]
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New Zealand Hewett 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:

Hewett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Hewett, aged 35, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Caroline Hewett, aged 31, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Vincent Hewett, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Clara Hewett, aged 10, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Mr. William Hewett, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [13]
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West Indies Hewett migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [14]
Hewett Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Hewett, who arrived in Barbados in 1668

Contemporary Notables of the name Hewett (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Hobart Hewett (1900-1967), American Deputy Commander in Chief US Army Europe (1958-1959) [15]
  • Howard Hewett (b. 1955), American R&B and gospel singer
  • Ziba Hewett, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1830 [16]
  • John W. Hewett, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Torrington, 1904 [16]
  • James H. H. Hewett, American politician, Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1919-20 [16]
  • I. N. Hewett, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1936 [16]
  • H. A. Hewett, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1952 [16]
  • Fred William Hewett, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Treasurer, 1900 [16]
  • D. L. Hewett, American Democratic Party politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Brunswick County, 1915-16 [16]
  • Christopher Michael Hewett (1921-2001), English actor and theatre director
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Edmund Herbert Hewett (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Newport, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [17]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Thomas Hewett (d. 1912), aged 37, English Bedroom Steward from Liverpool, Lancashire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [18]


The Hewett 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: Ne te quaesiveris extra
Motto Translation: Seek nothing beyond your sphere.


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  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.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th March 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emma-eugenia
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Hobart Hewett. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hewett/Hobart/USA.html
  16. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  17. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  18. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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