Hewitt Family History
The family history of the ancient name Hewitt was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Meaning 'son of Hugh' Hewitt is a baptismal name. Variants of this name include Hewett, Hewitson, Hewetson, Hewlitt, Hewlett, Hewling and Hughlings. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Ricardus Huetson, a Johannes Hughlot, and a Johannes Huelyn, who were all recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, in the year 1379. A William Huwelot and a Nicholas filius Hughline were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273. In Scotland the French form Huet is recorded in the person of a Meg Huet of Aberdeen in the year 1408. A tombstone in South Ronaldsay records a Donald Hoeson in the year 1648. In Ireland early references of the name relate to Munster Province from 1295, when John Heued, late 'sargeant of the King', and his wife Alice were found not guilty of fraud and larceny. The Gaelic form of the name is 'Huighead'.The Hewitt family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Hewitt descendants.