Hewlit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hewlit is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes 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.

Early Origins of the Hewlit family

The surname Hewlit was first found in Huntingdon 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.

Important Dates for the Hewlit family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewlit research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1649, 15 O, 1660, 15 O and 1660 are included under the topic Early Hewlit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hewlit Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hewlett, Hewlet, Hewlit, Hewlitt, Hughelot, Hughelett and many more.

Early Notables of the Hewlit family (pre 1700)

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hewlit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hewlit family to Ireland

Some of the Hewlit 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.

Hewlit migration to Canada

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Hewlit name or one of its variants:

Hewlit Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Lt. Col. Richard Hewlit U.E., "Hewlett" born in Hampstead, New York, USA who settled in Hempstead, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 3rd Battalion [1]

Citations

  1. ^ 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
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