The origins of the Hewill name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Hewill was originally derived from a family 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 Hewill family
The surname Hewill 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 Hewill family
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Hewill Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hewill include Hewgill, Hugill, Hugil and others.
Early Notables of the Hewill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hewill family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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..