Show ContentsTewson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Tewson is one of the most ancient names to come from the Norman culture that arrived in Britain soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person who was a fiesty or hot-tempered person. The name is a metaphor derived from the Old French word tison meaning fire-brand.

Alternatively the name could have originated from "Tesson or Taisson, the Norman-French for badger." [1]

Early Origins of the Tewson family

The surname Tewson was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times, where the name originally was Tesson, one of the most powerful families in Normandy seated at Angouleme. Their history is French more than Viking and they distinguished themselves against the Saracens in 725.

They were later seated at Anjou and Raoul Tesson the first Lord of Cingueleiz led 120 knights at Val-Des-Dunes in 1047. Gilbert Tesson, his brother, obtained the barony of Alnwick from King Edward the Confessor, England's Saxon King, and was killed at the Battle of Hastings, fighting on the Saxon side. [2]

Early History of the Tewson family

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Tewson Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Tewson are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Tewson include Tyson, Tesson, Tewson, Tiuson, Tison, Dyson and many more.

Early Notables of the Tewson family

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United States Tewson migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Tewson, or a variant listed above:

Tewson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Tewson, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1895
Tewson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Orton Tewson, aged 39, who landed in America from London, England, in 1915
  • William Orton Tewson, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1916
  • William Tewson, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States from Richmond, England, in 1917
  • William Orton Tewson, aged 43, who landed in America from Merstham, England, in 1919
  • Tewson, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tewson (post 1700) +

  • Josephine Ann Tewson (1931-2022), English stage and television character actress from Hampstead, London, best known for her roles in British television sitcoms in Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995) and Last of the Summer Wine (2003–2010)
  • Jane Tewson CBE (b. 1958), English originator of several innovative charitable organisations
  • Sir Harold Vincent Tewson CBE, M.C., English Member, London Electricity Board, and Independent Television Authority (U.K.)
  • Vincent Tewson (1898-1981), British trade unionist, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress from 1946 to 1960

  1. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X) on Facebook