The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Hewins is the Gaelic personal name Eógann,
which comes from the Latin name, Eugenius,
which means well born.
Hewins is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. The Hewins family was established in Scotland
, well before the Norman Conquest
, in 1066.
Early Origins of the Hewins family
The surname Hewins was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, 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. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Dovenaldus Ewain, documented in 1164.
Early History of the Hewins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewins research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1178, 1611, 1687, 1633, 1681 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Hewins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hewins Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Hewins include many spelling variations
. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Ewing, Ewin, Ewen, Ewans, Ewens, Eugene, Ewan and many more.
Early Notables of the Hewins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hewins family to Ireland
Some of the Hewins family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hewins family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hewins, or a variant listed above: Alexander, Henry, James, John, Mathew, Thomas, William Ewing all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865; John, Robert, and Elizabeth Ewins settled in Virginia in 1623.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hewins (post 1700)
- Amasa Hewins (1795-1855), American portrait, genre, and landscape painter from Sharon, Massachusetts
- Caroline Maria Hewins (1846-1926), American librarian, one of the 100 Most Important Leaders we had in the 20th Century
- Edwin Mortimer Hewins (1839-1898), American Democrat politician, Member of Kansas State House of Representatives 95th District, 1877-79; Member of Kansas State Senate 21st District, 1885-87 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Ralph Hewins (1909-1985), British biographer
- Mark Hewins (b. 1955), British jazz guitarist
- William Alfred Samuel Hewins (1865-1931), British economist and Conservative politician, Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1917 to 1919
The Hewins 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 Translation: Boldly