The ancestors of the name Mewass date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Mewass family lived in the settlement of Meaux in the East Riding of Yorkshire
. There is some disagreement about the relationship of this small hamlet and the commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region of France by the same name. While the spellings are the same, some believe this is just coincidence. Whatever the reason, the surname Mewass belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Alternatively the name could have been derived from the Old English word Meaw which meant "a gull" or a "sea-mew." To complicate matters more, Meaw was also an Old English personal name
and mue, derived from an Old French word was a cage for hawks that was used while they were mewing or moulting. Accordingly, the name could have been derived from a variety of sources.
Early Origins of the Mewass family
The surname Mewass was first found in Yorkshire
where it is generally believed that the first record of the name was Algarus filius
Meawes who was listed in 1016 as an Old English byname. Over one hundred
years later, John de Mehus was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1196. A few years later, Hugo de Mues was listed in the Pipe Rolls
of 1201. Thomas de Meuse was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1282.
Early History of the Mewass family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mewass research.Another 353 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1829, 1831, 1619, 1706, 1672, 1657, 1640, 1644, 1641 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Mewass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mewass Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Mewass are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mewass include: Mew, Mews, Mewes, Meux, Mewis, Muse, Mewsse, Mowse, Meaux and many more.
Early Notables of the Mewass family (pre 1700)
Prominent in the family at this time was Peter Mews (1619-1706), an English Royalist theologian and Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1672, from Caundle Purse, Dorset; Sir John... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mewass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mewass family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mewass or a variant listed above: Jeremy, Dorothy, and William Mew, who arrived in Barbados in 1654; Carolina Mewes settled in Texas in 1854. In Newfoundland, John Mew was a merchant of St. John's in 1805..