Jewitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Jewitt family

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.

Important Dates for the Jewitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jewitt research. Another 118 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Jewitt family (pre 1700)

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Jewitt migration to the United States

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 [1]
Jewitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G D Jewitt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jewitt (post 1700)

  • 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
  • Leonard Jewitt, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate from Washington and Gallia counties, 1806-08 [2]
  • Brad Jewitt, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 5th District, 2004 [2]
  • 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


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from
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