Hews History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the bearers of the Hews surname were Welsh Brythonic- Celts. However, their name came to Britain with the Norman invasion; Hews is derived from the Old French personal name Hughe, also spelled Hue. This name was made popular by the exploits of several saints including: St. Hugh of Lincoln (1140-1200), who was born in Burgundy, France and established the first Carthusian monastery in England; as well as St. Hugh of Cluny (1024-1109).

Early Origins of the Hews family

The surname Hews was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hews family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hews research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1038, 1518, 1613, 1545, 1553, 1632, 1603, 1667, 1604, 1664, 1654, 1659, 1645, 1719, 1677, 1720 and are included under the topic Early Hews History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hews Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Hews has seen various spelling variations: Hughes, Hugh, Hews, Hughs, Hues, Huse and others.

Early Notables of the Hews family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Owen ap Hugh (1518-1613), of Bodeon, near Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, a Welsh politician, Member of the Parliament for Newborough in 1545; Robert Hues (1553-1632), an English mathematician and geographer; George Hughes (1603-1667), an English Puritan clergyman and writer; Thomas Hughes (1604-1664), a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654...
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Migration of the Hews family to Ireland

Some of the Hews family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hews migration to the United States

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Hews:

Hews Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Hews, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Thomas Hews, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Eleazer Hews, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1664 [1]
  • Jeremiah Hews, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1664 [1]
Hews Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Hews, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Henry Hews, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • William Hews, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hews (post 1700)

  • James Hews Bransby (1783-1847), English Unitarian minister

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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