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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Jewitt family name to the British Isles. Jewitt comes from the ancient personal name Julien. The surname of Jowett was a baptismal name which means Julien. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Jewitt Early Origins



The surname Jewitt was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Bredbury from early times. The lands were granted by William the Conqueror to a Norman noble by the name Jouet, from the Isle of Rhe in France. By the twelfth century they had branched to Ashton-under-Lyme in that same shire.

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Jewitt Spelling Variations


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Jewitt Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Jowett, Jowet, Jowit, Jowitt, Jewett, Jewet, Juet, Jouet, Juett and many more.

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Jewitt Early History


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Jewitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jewitt research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1720, 1693, 1694 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Jewitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jewitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jewitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jewitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Jewitt or a variant listed above:

Jewitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Olliver Jewitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1657

Jewitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G D Jewitt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jewitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jewitt (post 1700)



  • Leonard Jewitt, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate from Washington and Gallia counties, 1806-08
  • Brad Jewitt, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 5th District, 2004
  • John Rodgers Jewitt (1783-1821), American armourer who wrote about his 28 months as captive of Maquinna of the Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) people on the Pacific Northwest Coast
  • Thomas Orlando Sheldon Jewitt (1799-1869), English architectural wood-engraver, son of Arthur Jewitt
  • Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt (1816-1886), English illustrator, engraver, natural scientist, author of The Ceramic Art of Great Britain (1878), son of Arthur Jewitt
  • Lee Jewitt (b. 1987), English professional rugby league footballer who plays for Castleford Tigers
  • David C. Jewitt (b. 1958), English-born, professor of astronomy in the Earth, Planetary, and Space Science Department of UCLA
  • Arthur Jewitt (1772-1852), English topographer, known for his The History of Lincolnshire which appeared in 1810, and The History of Buxton in 1811

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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: Animo et prudentia
Motto Translation: By courage and prudence.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Jewitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jewitt 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 February 2016 at 09:46.

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