Huwitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Huwitt family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Huet or Huest near Evreux in Normandy, France. [1] Alternatively, the name was derived from 'the son of Hugh'; Middle English Hugh, How, and Hew, diminutive Hughet and Hewet. [2]

Early Origins of the Huwitt family

The surname Huwitt 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] 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]

Kirby's Quest of Somerset listed Gilbert Huet there temp. 1 Edward III. [4] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Agnes Huet-wyf; Ricardus Huetson; and Willelmus Howetson. [2]

Important Dates for the Huwitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huwitt research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1660, 1605, 1662, 1652, 1689, 1591, 1614, 1658, 1712, 1789 and are included under the topic Early Huwitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huwitt Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Huwitt were recorded, including Hewitt, Hewett, Hewatt, Hewet, Hewit, Hewat and others.

Early Notables of the Huwitt 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...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huwitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Huwitt family to Ireland

Some of the Huwitt 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 Huwitt family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Huwitt arrived in North America very early: Ephraim Hewett settled in New England in 1639; Francis Hewett settled in Virginia in 1652; William Hewett arrived in Barbados in 1668; Richard Hewitt settled in Virginia in 1637.

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.
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