The name Hewglay belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having 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 Hewglay family
The surname Hewglay 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 Hewglay family
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Hewglay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hewglay include Hewgill, Hugill, Hugil and others.
Early Notables of the Hewglay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hewglay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hewglay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..