In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Hewgil surname lived in Howgill or Hugill. Howgill is in Sedburgh, in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. Hugill is in Westmorland
(now part of Cumbria). The names have a common origin, however. They are based on the Old Norse word haugrgeil,
which means "barrow (hill) in a ravine."
Early Origins of the Hewgil family
The surname Hewgil was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hewgil family
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Hewgil Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hewgil are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hewgil include: Hewgill, Hugill, Hugil and others.
Early Notables of the Hewgil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hewgil family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hewgil or a variant listed above: John and Eleanor Hugil who settled in New York State in 1820 with eight children; Abraham Hugle settled in Philadelphia in 1754; with Charity; Arnold and Killian Hugle settled in Philadelphia in 1875..