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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. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the French "jouet" which means "play, sport, fun." English records we find both Jouet and Jowet." [2]

Another source agrees with this direction. The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Geoffry Guuit (or Guet), Normandy, 1180-95. "Matilda Joute, Richard Joyet, William Juet, Engl. c. 1272." [3]

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 English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Today we typically need to look beyond the spellings of these entries and concentrate on a phonetic appreciation of the names.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had only one listing: William Juet, Huntingdonshire. [4] William Jouet was listed in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1229 and the next year, Richard Jouot was listed in the same county in the Assize Rolls of 1300. In Kent, Goger Guet was found in the Assize Rolls for 1317 and later, Robert Jowet was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

Early History of the Jowett family

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Jowett Spelling Variations

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)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Nehemiah Jewett (1643-1720), an American colonial politician, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1693-1694) and in 1701; during his tenure, he was responsible for compensating those damaged by the Salem witch trials. Randal or Randolph Jewett (d. 1675), was an organist and composer, is said to have received the (honorary?) degree of Mus. Bac. at Trinity College, Dublin, and to have studied music under Orlando Gibbons. Jewett was organist of the cathedrals of...
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Jowett Ranking

In the United States, the name Jowett is the 18,638th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Australia Jowett migration to Australia +

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

Jowett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Jowett who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Edward" on 23rd April 1834, arriving in Tasmania, (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. Benjamin Jowett, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 12 years, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]

New Zealand Jowett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jowett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Sarah Jowett, (b. 1818), aged 45, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [8]
  • Mr. John Jowett, (b. 1827), aged 36, British farm labourer travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [8]
  • Mr. Nathan Jowett, (b. 1847), aged 16, British labourer travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [8]
  • Miss Hannah Jowett, (b. 1849), aged 14, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [8]
  • 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 [9]

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 [10]
  • John Henry Jowett CH (1864-1923), British Protestant preacher at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century from Beaumont Town, Northowram, West Yorkshire who wrote books on topics related to Christian living, once called "The greatest preacher in the English speaking world."
  • Sylvester James "Jim" Jowett (b. 1926), English former amateur footballer who played as a winger in the Football League for York City,
  • 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 [11]
  • 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
  • Alan Jowett, English author of the famous Railway Atlas of Great Britain & Ireland from pre-grouping to the present day (1989)
  • Percy Hague Jowett (1882-1955), British artist and arts administrator, principal of the Royal College of Art from Halifax, Yorkshire
  • Frederick William Jowett (1864-1944), British Labour politician who took an anti-war stance from Bradford, Yorkshire
  • Edmund Jowett (1858-1936), English-born, Australian pastoralist and politician from Bradford, Yorkshire who arrived in Australia at the age of 18, eventually amassing vast pastoral holdings across Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland, Deputy Leader of the Australian Country Party (1920-1921)
  • Very Rev. Alfred Jowett, Dean of Manchester
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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.

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  9. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from
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