Show ContentsHewitson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1] The name is extended to denote "son of," as in "son of Huet." [2]

Early Origins of the Hewitson family

The surname Hewitson was first found in Yorkshire, where Henry Hwetsone was listed as a Freeman of York in 1363. A few years later, Richard Huetson was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

Early History of the Hewitson family

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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

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Hewitson of Berwickshire

Ireland 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 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Hewitson migration to the United States +

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 19th Century
  • Joseph Hewitson, who settled in Ohio in 1835

Australia Hewitson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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"

New Zealand Hewitson 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:

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
  • Mr. Andrew Hewitson, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [3]
  • Mrs. Hewitson, Scottish settler with 4 sons and 5 daughters travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [3]

West Indies Hewitson migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Hewitson Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Hewitson, who settled in Jamaica in 1724

Contemporary Notables of the name Hewitson (post 1700) +

  • Robert Hewitson (1884-1957), English professional footballer from Blyth, England who played from 1903 to 1909
  • 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
  • Captain Mark Hewitson (1897-1973), British trade union official and Labour Party politician
  • Laura Charlotte Hewitson, British-born primate researcher from Birmingham, noted for her work in the fields of reproductive biology and behavior
  • Bobby Hewitson (1892-1969), Canadian first curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1963
  • Iain Hewitson (b. 1948), New Zealand born Chef, restaurateur and television personality, best known for his television involvement with Network Ten
  • William Chapman Hewitson (1806-1878), British naturalist, born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 9 Jan. 1806, educated at York and was brought up as a land-surveyor [5]
  • Dean Hewitson, Australian founder of renowned Hewitson Wines

Hillsborough disaster
  • Paul Anthony Hewitson (1962-1989), English roofer who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries [6]

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  5. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  6. Hillsborough Victims (retreived 21st March 2021). Retreived from on Facebook