Hewitson is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hewitson family lived in Huet near Evreux in Normandy
, France. The Normans
frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy
as part of their name. Immediately following the Norman Conquest
, William the Conqueror drastically affected the appearance of the social hierarchy in England
by dispossessing nearly all Anglo-Saxon
landholders and replacing them with his own followers and military supporters. Furthermore, William established a feudal
regime in England
, that made all landholders subordinate to the King or chief landholder, and the old English estates became fiefs held by crown vassals. The vassals, who were otherwise known as tenants-in-chief or the new landed aristocracy, were French-speaking and skilled in mounted combat.
Early Origins of the Hewitson family
The surname Hewitson was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Hewitson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewitson research.Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1180 is included under the topic Early Hewitson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hewitson Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hewitson family name include Hewitson, Hewartson, Hewetson and others.
Early Notables of the Hewitson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hewitson family to Ireland
Some of the Hewitson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 112 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 Hewitson family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Hewitson family to immigrate North America:
Hewitson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Hewitson, who settled in Jamaica in 1724
Hewitson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Hewitson, who settled in Ohio in 1835
Hewitson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Hewitson, a engineer, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- William Hewitson, aged 13, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"
- William Hewitson, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"
Hewitson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joseph Hewitson, aged 37, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
- Jane Hewitson, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
Contemporary Notables of the name Hewitson (post 1700)
- James Hewitson (1892-1963), English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces
- Dean Hewitson, Australian founder of renowned Hewitson Wines
- Iain Hewitson (b. 1948), New Zealand born Chef, restaurateur and television personality
- William Chapman Hewitson (1806-1878), British naturalist