Hewitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hewitt is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Hewitt family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Hewitt family lived in Huet or Huest near Evreux in Normandy, France. [1] Alternatively, the name was derived from 'the son of Hugh'; Middle English Hugh, How, and Hew, diminutive Hughet and Hewet. [2]

Early Origins of the Hewitt family

The surname Hewitt was first found in Devon where the first record of the family was Roger Huet, Huiet who was listed in the Pipe Rolls there in 1182, 1185. Later the Assize Rolls listed William Huet in Shropshire in 1221 Roger Hughet in Somerset in 1280. [3]

William de Huet paid a fine in Lincolnshire in 1204 and Peter Hughet was listed in Sussex in 1278. "Sir Walter Hewet was a distinguished warrior in France temp. Edward III., and from him descended the Hewets, created baronets 1621 and 1660, and Viscounts Hewet 1689, also eminent lawyer James Hewett, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and 1st Viscount Lifford." [1]

Kirby's Quest of Somerset listed Gilbert Huet there temp. 1 Edward III. [4] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Agnes Huet-wyf; Ricardus Huetson; and Willelmus Howetson. [2]

Early History of the Hewitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewitt research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1660, 1605, 1662, 1652, 1689, 1591, 1567, 1614, 1658, 1712, 1789, 1709, 1744 and are included under the topic Early Hewitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hewitt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hewitt have been found, including Hewitt, Hewett, Hewatt, Hewet, Hewit, Hewat and others.

Early Notables of the Hewitt family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Rev. Thomas Huet (died 1591), a Welsh clergyman and translator of the Bible. Sir William Hewett (d. 1567), was Lord Mayor of London, son of Edmund Hewett, was born in Wales, a hamlet of Laughton-en-le-Morthen in South Yorkshire. His family had been settled in the adjoining county of Derby from early times. [5] Reverend Dr. John Hewett...
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Ireland Migration of the Hewitt family to Ireland

Some of the Hewitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hewitt migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hewitt were among those contributors:

Hewitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Hewitt, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Rich Hewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1648 [6]
  • Kath Hewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [6]
  • Alice Hewitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [6]
  • Charles Hewitt, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hewitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Hewitt, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [6]
  • Richard Hewitt, who arrived in North Carolina in 1724 [6]
Hewitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Hewitt, who landed in New York in 1802 [6]
  • James Hewitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806 [6]
  • John Hewitt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806 [6]
  • Joseph Hewitt, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Alexander Hewitt, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1816 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hewitt migration to Australia +

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

Hewitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Hewitt, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Mr. James Hewitt, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [8]
  • Henry Grigg Hewitt, aged 21, a foreman in timbers, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [9]
  • James Hewitt, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [10]
  • Sarah Hewitt, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [10]
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New Zealand Hewitt 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:

Hewitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Hewitt, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide
  • Francis Hewitt, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • W Hewitt, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • Mr. J. Hewitt, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Stately" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 7th August 1851 [11]
  • J Hewitt, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hewitt (post 1700) +

  • Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt (1887-1972), American Navy commander, eponym of the USS Hewitt (DD-966)
  • Peter Cooper Hewitt (1861-1921), American electrical engineer and inventor of the first mercury-vapor lamp in 1901
  • Abram Stevens Hewitt (1822-1903), American teacher, politician, lawyer, an iron manufacturer, chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1876 to 1877, mayor of New York
  • Brigadier-General Leland Ross Hewitt (1896-1967), American Director of Flying, Air Corps Primary Flying School, Randolph Field, Texas (1936-1940) [13]
  • Edwin Hewitt (1920-1999), American mathematician
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt (b. 1979), American multiple-award winning actress, producer, and writer
  • Donald S Hewitt (1922-2009), American television news producer and executive, best known for creating 60 Minutes, the CBS news magazine in 1968
  • Albert F. Hewitt, American Democrat politician, First Selectman of Groton, Connecticut, 1911-15, 1919-20; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Groton, 1932 [14]
  • Abram Stevens Hewitt (1822-1903), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1875-79, 1881-87; Chairman of Democratic National Committee, 1876; Mayor of New York City, New York, 1887-88 [14]
  • Abraham S. Hewitt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1876 [14]
  • ... (Another 82 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Hewitt, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Kenneth Hewitt, British P R, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Walter G Hewitt, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]


The Hewitt 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: Ne te quaesiveris extra
Motto Translation: Seek nothing beyond your sphere.


Suggested Readings for the name Hewitt +

  • 1052 "The Hewitts of Athens County, Ohio" by Susan L. Mitchell, "The Lineage of Lucy Waterman Hewitt and George Washburn" by Philip Alan Wilcox.

  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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Leland Hewitt. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hewitt/Leland_Ross/USA.html
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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