Hewis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Hewis family. The root of their name is the "son of little Hugh."

Early Origins of the Hewis family

The surname Hewis 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, on the Isle of Bute, from ancient times where they were descended from the MacDonalds of Sleat.

Early History of the Hewis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewis research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1648, 1680, 1739, 1774 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Hewis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hewis Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Hewis has been spelled Hewison, Heweson, Howeson, Howeston, Howstoun, Huison and many more.

Early Notables of the Hewis family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Reverend King Hewison; William Hewson (1739-1774) was an 18th Century surgeon, anatomist and physiologist who has sometimes been referred to as the...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hewis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hewis family to Ireland

Some of the Hewis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hewis migration to the United States +

Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hewiss to arrive in North America:

Hewis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joane Hewis, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [1]


  1. ^ 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)


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