Hewison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hewison family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Hewison is derived from the "son of little Hugh."

Early Origins of the Hewison family

The surname Hewison 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 Hewison family

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

Hewison Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Hewison include Hewison, Heweson, Howeson, Howeston, Howstoun, Huison and many more.

Early Notables of the Hewison 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Hewison family to Ireland

Some of the Hewison 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 Hewison migration to the United States +

The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hewison arrived in North America very early:

Hewison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Hewison who settled in Georgia in 1775
  • William Hewison, who settled in Georgia in 1775
Hewison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Hewison, aged 22, who settled in America from Whitby, England, in 1907
  • Florence Hewison, aged 15, who settled in America from England, in 1918
  • Hannah Lizzie Hewison, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1918
  • Herbert H Hewison, aged 2, who landed in America from England, in 1918
  • Lizzie Hewison, aged 12, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hewison migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hewison Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • John Murdoch Hewison, aged 39, who immigrated to Victoria, Canada, in 1919

New Zealand Hewison migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hewison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary A. Hewison, (b. 1842), aged 25, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1867 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hewison (post 1700) +

  • Robert "Bob" Hewison (1889-1964), English footballer
  • Christopher Hewison (b. 1979), English cricketer
  • George Hewison (b. 1944), Canadian folk singer former trade unionist
  • Robert Alwyn Petrie Hewison (b. 1943), British academic, author and former Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford
  • Jenny Hewison, British Professor of Psychology of Healthcare at the University of Leeds
  • Kevin Hewison, Director of the Carolina Asia Center of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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