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The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Hewson family. Their name comes from the "son of little Hugh."

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The surname Hewson was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, on the Isle of Bute, from ancient times where they were descended from the MacDonalds of Sleat.

Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Hewson has been spelled Hewison, Heweson, Howeson, Howeston, Howstoun, Huison and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hewson research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1739, 1774 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Hewson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hewson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hewson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hewsons to arrive on North American shores:

Hewson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Hewson, who landed in Maryland in 1657
  • Ralph Hewson, who arrived in Maryland in 1667
  • John Hewson, who arrived in Maryland in 1669
  • Frederick Hewson, who arrived in Virginia in 1698

Hewson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Hewson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813

Hewson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Catherine Hewson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Mary Hewson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • George Hewson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1837

Hewson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Hewson, English Convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Hewson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Hewson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864

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  • Stephen Hewson, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 4th District, 1865
  • Robert C. Hewson, American politician, Representative from New York 29th District, 1884
  • John Hewson, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Evansville, Indiana, 1856-59
  • George F. Hewson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1944
  • Daniel Hewson, American politician, Mayor of Auburn, New York, 1849
  • John Robert Hewson Ph.D. (b. 1946), Australian economist and former Liberal politician, Leader of the Federal Liberal Party from 1990 to 1994
  • Mr. William Hewson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Jean Hewson, Canadian folk musician from Newfoundland
  • Paul David Hewson (b. 1960), known as Bono, the lead singer and principal lyricist of the Irish rock band U2. Bono is also widely known for his work as an activist concerning Africa. In 2007 he was inducted as an honorary knight of the British Empire
  • Emily Hewson (b. 1982), Australian professional tennis player

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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Hewson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hewson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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