Mewiss is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Mewiss family once 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 Mewiss 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 Mewiss family
The surname Mewiss 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 Mewiss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mewiss 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 Mewiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mewiss Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mewiss family name include Mew, Mews, Mewes, Meux, Mewis, Muse, Mewsse, Mowse, Meaux and many more.
Early Notables of the Mewiss 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 Mewiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mewiss family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Mewiss surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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..