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Howitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Howitt is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Howitt family lived in Huet or Huest near Evreux in Normandy, France. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Alternatively, the name was derived from 'the son of Hugh'; Middle English Hugh, How, and Hew, diminutive Hughet and Hewet. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early Origins of the Howitt family


The surname Howitt 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

Kirby's Quest of Somerset listed Gilbert Huet there temp. 1 Edward III. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
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.
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Agnes Huet-wyf; Ricardus Huetson; and Willelmus Howetson. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early History of the Howitt family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howitt research.
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Howitt Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Howitt has been recorded under many different variations, including Hewitt, Hewett, Hewatt, Hewet, Hewit, Hewat and others.

Early Notables of the Howitt family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Viscount Lifford; Rev. Thomas Huet (died 1591), a Welsh clergyman and translator of the Bible; and Rev'd. Dr. John Hewett (Huett) (1614-1658), chaplain to Charles I who was later executed for treason as a Royalist. Born in...
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Migration of the Howitt family to Ireland


Some of the Howitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Howitt family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Howitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Howitt, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  • Thomas Howitt, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 26 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Neptune 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/neptune1853.shtml.

Contemporary Notables of the name Howitt (post 1700)


  • Dann Paul John Howitt (b. 1964), American Major League baseball player who played from 1989 to 1994
  • William Howitt (1792-1879), English author, father of Alfred William Howitt
  • Thomas Cecil Howitt OBE (1889-1968), English architect, known for The Council House, Nottingham, Baskerville House, Birmingham, Newport Civic Centre and many more buildings
  • Samuel Howitt (1765-1822), English painter, illustrator and etcher
  • Richard William John Howitt (b. 1977), former English cricketer
  • Richard Howitt (1864-1951), English first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire from 1893-1901
  • Peter Howitt (b. 1928), English four-time Academy Award nominated set decorator
  • Peter Howitt (b. 1957), English actor and Empire Award winning film director
  • Mary Howitt (1799-1888), English poet and author, best known for the children's poem The Spider and the Fly
  • Godfrey Howitt (1800-1863), English-born, Australian botanist and doctor
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Howitt 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.


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Citations


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 26 October 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Neptune 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/neptune1853.shtml.


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