Show ContentsJewson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

As early as c. 1172, this name was used by judicial officers or judges and it is from this source the surname was more than likely derived. While there may have been Norman roots at La Justice in Normandy, the name was more likely an occupational name for someone who held the office of "the justice," in other words a judge.

Saint Justus (d. 627), was the fourth Archbishop of Canterbury, sent in 601 from Rome by Pope Gregory along with Laurentius, Mellitus, and others to reinforce the Kentish mission. Justus died on 10 Nov. 627, and was buried in St. Peter's porch at St. Augustine's, Canterbury. 1

Early Origins of the Jewson family

The surname Jewson was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, and Angus where one of the first records of the name was Patrick Justyce as a tenant of the mill at Kelso in 1472. Just two years later, Patrick Justice, a priest who witnessed an instrument of sasine in this shire in 1474. As the forename Patrick was not very popular at this time, these two references may be the same person. The lands of James Justeis and Thomas Justeis are mentioned in Scone in 1491. 2

The variants Jewson and Juson were mostly found further south in England. This illustrious family were originally found in Colchester, Essex where Richard Juwesone, Jullesome, Jullesone was recorded in 1333, 1340 and 1341. 3 It is generally thought the entries were all for the same person.

Early History of the Jewson family

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Jewson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Justice, Justine, Justus and others.

Early Notables of the Jewson family

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United States Jewson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jewson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Jewson, aged 41, who landed in New York in 1812 4
  • Alfd. Jewson, aged 26, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1893
  • Mrs. J. P. Jewson, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1896
Jewson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Christopher Jewson, aged 21, who settled in America from Long Eaton, in 1905
  • Herbert F. Jewson, aged 22, who settled in America from Seaford, England, in 1913
  • Leonard T. Jewson, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Sandwich, England, in 1921
  • Harriet Jessie Jewson, aged 48, who immigrated to the United States from E. Dereham, England, in 1921
  • Winifred Mary Jewson, aged 23, who immigrated to America from Dereham, England, in 1923
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Australia Jewson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jewson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Jewson, (b. 1801), aged 34, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for handeling stolen goods, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1892 5
  • Sarah Ann Jewson, aged 14, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
  • William Jewson, aged 12, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

Contemporary Notables of the name Jewson (post 1700) +

  • Vicky Jewson (b. 1985), English screenwriter, producer and film director, born in Oxford
  • Dorothea Jewson (1884-1964), better known as Dorothy Jewson, a British teacher, trade union organiser, Labour Party politician, and one of her party's first female Members of Parliament
  • Norman Jewson (1884-1975), English architect-craftsman of the Arts and Crafts movement mostly active in the Cotswolds
  • Percy William Jewson (1881-1962), English businessman and National Liberal politician from Norwich who sat in the House of Commons from 1941 to 1945 as MP for Great Yarmouth, older brother of the architect Norman Jewson
  • Charles Boardman Jewson (1909-1981), English businessman and antiquarian and a member of the Jewson family who was Lord Mayor of Norwich in 1965-1966, son of Percy Jewson
  • Charles Jewson, English Chief Cashier of the Bank of England from 1775 to 1777
  • George Jewson, British founder of Jewson in 1836, now one of the largest chains of British general builders' merchants
  • Sir Richard Wilson Jewson K.C.V.O., J.P. (b. 1944), British Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018 6

The Jewson 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: Non sine causa
Motto Translation: Not without a cause.

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  6. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook