Hewlett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hewlett is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Hewlett came from the Old English given name Huwelet, Huwelot, or Hughelot. Nonetheless, the name is also a diminutive of the Old French personal name Hugh, or Hughe, which was introduced to England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The personal name Hugh is a short form of various Germanic compound names formed from the element hug, which meant heart, mind, and spirit. [1]

Early Origins of the Hewlett family

The surname Hewlett was first found in Norfolk where Agnes Hughelot was recorded c. 1248. A few years later, Thomas Huwelot was listed in Huntingdonshire c. 1250 and later again, Richard Hulot was recorded in Suffolk in 1275. Walter Howlot, Hughlot was found in Devon in 1310 and 1311 and John Huelot was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcester in 1327. In Yorkshire, John Highlot was listed there in 1357 and Robert Hulat was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1381. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: William Huwelot, Huntingdonshire; Walter Huwelot, Oxfordshire; Walter Hughelot, Kent; and John Huelot, Cambridgeshire. [3]

In Somerset, Thomas Hughelot, was listed there, 1 Edward III (in the first years of King Edward III's reign.) [4]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Johannes Hughlot. [3]

The famed, William Redington Hewlett (1913-2001), the American engineer and co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company, who was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Early History of the Hewlett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewlett research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1692, 1660, 1747, 1627, 1710, 1661, 1619, 1638, 1704 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Hewlett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hewlett Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Hewlett are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Hewlett include Hewlett, Hewlet, Hewlit, Hewlitt, Hughelot, Hughelett and many more.

Early Notables of the Hewlett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Captain William Hewlett, the officer in charge of the soldiers at the execution of Charles I. He was later convicted on 15 October 1660 for his part in the regicide but was not executed. Ebenezer Hewlett ( fl. 1747), was an antitrinitarian writer who lived at the New Pales in Sun Street, without Bishopsgate, London, and was for a time employed by the East India Company. [5] Lady Sarah Hewley (1627-1710), was the English foundress of the Hewley trust, the only daughter and heiress of Robert Wolrych (d. 11 Dec. 1661), bencher...
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Ireland Migration of the Hewlett family to Ireland

Some of the Hewlett 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 Hewlett migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Hewlett, or a variant listed above:

Hewlett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Matthew Hewlett, who arrived in New England in 1633 [6]
  • Mathew Hewlett, who settled in Boston in 1634
Hewlett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth and John Hewlett, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Hewlett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C.R. Hewlett, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • John Hewlett, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Merthyr, Wales, in 1893
Hewlett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Hewlett, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States from Hambrook, England, in 1907
  • Gladys S. Hewlett, aged 9, who settled in America from Bramley, England, in 1909
  • Alice Eliz. Hewlett, aged 31, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1910
  • Clara R. Hewlett, aged 25, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1910
  • Howe Hewlett, aged 34, who landed in America from Eastbourne, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hewlett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hewlett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Hewlett U.E. born in Hampstead, New York, USA who settled in Hempstead, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. Richard Hewlett U.E. born in Hampstead, New York, USA who settled in Hempstead, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
Hewlett Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Dolina Hewlett, aged 35, who immigrated to Hamilton, Canada, in 1910
  • Ellen Hewlett, aged 61, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1916

Australia Hewlett migration to Australia +

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

Hewlett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charlotte Hewlett, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

New Zealand Hewlett 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:

Hewlett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Hewlett, aged 25, a painter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Hewlett, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Mary Ann Hewlett, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • John Hewlett, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Hewlett (post 1700) +

  • Richard Greening Hewlett (1923-2015), American historian, Chief Historian of the United States Atomic Energy Commission
  • Frank West Hewlett (1913-1983), American journalist and war correspondent during World War II
  • Jason Hewlett (b. 1978), American entertainer, impressionist, musician, actor, speaker and author
  • Dr. Barry S. Hewlett, American professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University
  • George Addison Hewlett Jr. (1912-1989), American politician from North Carolina, Speaker of the State House (1959)
  • William "Bill" Reddington Hewlett (1913-2001), American Engineer and co-founder, with David Packard, of the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP)
  • Ray L. Hewlett, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County 1st District, 1932 [8]
  • Miriam Hewlett, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1929; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1932 [8]
  • Justin Hewlett, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 25th District, 2012 [8]
  • John H. Hewlett, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Nassau County 1st District, 1935 [8]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Robert W Hewlett, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Mary Dunbar Hewlett, (née Kingcome), aged 56, Indian Second Class passenger from Lucknow, India who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13 [10]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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