Jowett is one of the names carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It is based on 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 Jowett family
The surname Jowett 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.
Early History of the Jowett family
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Jowett Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Jowett have been found, including Jowett, Jowet, Jowit, Jowitt, Jewett, Jewet, Juet, Jouet, Juett and many more.
Early Notables of the Jowett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jowett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Jowett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Jowett, (b. 1852), aged 22, Cornish farm labourer departing on 16th November 1874 aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 7th February 1875 CITATION[CLOSE]
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
Contemporary Notables of the name Jowett (post 1700)
- William L. Jowett (b. 1934), American Republican politician, St. Clair County Coroner, 1958-62; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 76th District, 1967-80; Defeated in primary, 1964 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Benjamin Jowett (1877-1963), who with his brother William Jowett (1880-1965) were English founders of the Jowett, a manufacturer of light cars and light commercial vehicles in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, operational from 1906 to 1954
- Sylvester James "Jim" Jowett (b. 1926), English former amateur footballer
- William Jowett (1787-1855), English missionary and author who became the first Anglican clergyman to volunteer for the overseas service of the Church Missionary Society in 1813
- Alan Jowett, English author of the famous Railway Atlas of Great Britain & Ireland from pre-grouping to the present day (1989)
- Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893), English scholar, Oxford Don, and theologian
- Very Rev. Alfred Jowett, Dean of Manchester
- Frederick William Jowett (1864-1944), British Labour politician who took an anti-war stance
- Fred Jowett (1879-1939), Wales and British Lion rugby union player
The Jowett 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.