The ancestors of the name Mewis date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Mewis 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 Mewis family
The surname Mewis 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 Mewis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mewis 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 Mewis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mewis Spelling Variations
Mewis has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Mewis have been found, including Mew, Mews, Mewes, Meux, Mewis, Muse, Mewsse, Mowse, Meaux and many more.
Early Notables of the Mewis 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 Mewis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mewis family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Mewiss to arrive on North American shores: 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..