Ewers Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Ewers Origin:

England, Germany

Origins of Ewers:

This most interesting and uncommon surname has two possible origins. The first origin may be a nickname of “Ewer,” which itself is an old English source, from the Middle English “ewer,” from the Old French “aiguier,” Latin “aqua,” which means water. It is a professional name for a worker who served guests at a table with water to wash their hands. However, the name also appeared in Germany, where it is a Low German nickname, acquiring from a particular Germanic name which was a combination of the components “eber,” which means a wild swine, and “hard,” which means strong, brave, firm. It has also given us the English name “Everard,” which first found especially in East Anglia, having mentioned in the Germanic form by the Normans. Early examples of the surname contain as the Richard Lewer, in the Feet of Fines of Surrey in 1219, Alexander Euer, in the Bedfordshire Premium Rolls of 1309 and Rober Lower, in the Record of the Freemen of the City of York in 1513.


More common variations are: Yewers, Ewerse, Euwers, Ewears, Ewerys, Eowers, Eweres, Ewerws, Eers, Ewrs.


The surname Ewers first appeared in Ayrshire, previously a district in the southwestern Strathclyde area of Scotland, that today builds the Conference Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. One of the first registers of the name was Adam Urri who shows as a citizen of Irvine in 1260 and Huwe Urry of Ayrshire who performed the duty to King Edward I of England in his brief interruption into Scotland in 1296. Reginald Urry held land in Irvine in 1323 and William Urri retired the estates of Fulton in 1409. Another section of the family appeared in the Fetteresso Church, Kincardineshire and for the most areas, these names contained “de” mentioning “of.” Hugh de Urre asserted faithfulness at St. John of Perth and after that with a various spelling as Hugh Uny at Forfar, 1296.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Richard le Ewer, dated about 1185, in the “Records of the Templars in England in the 12th century”. It was during the time of King Henry II, who was known to be the “The Builder of Churches,” dated 1216 – 1272. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.


Many of the people with surname Ewers had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Ewers settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 18th, and 19th. Some of the individuals with the name Ewers who landed in the United States in the 18th century included Johannes Ewers landed in Pennsylvania in 1752

Some of the population with the surname Ewers arrived in the United States in the 19th century included M Franziska Ewers came to America in 1836. Bern Ewers landed in America in 1847. Carolina Ewers, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850.


People with the surname Ewers who settled in Australia in the 19th century included William Ewers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship “Princess Royal” in 1848.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Ewers: United States 3,242; Germany 2,791; England 726; South Africa 438; Australia 373; Sweden 232; Jamaica 196; New Zealand151; Brazil 143; Wales 124.

Notable People:

Dave Ewers (1990–), is a Rugby Union player born in Harare, Zimbabwe

Ezra P. Ewers (born circa 1840), was an American Civil War fighter.

Gustav von Ewers (1779–1830), was a German legal professor.

Hanns Heinz Ewers (1871–1943), was a German author, philosopher, and artist.

John C. Ewers (1909–1997), was an American ethnologist and museum administrator.

John K. Ewers (1904–1978), was an Australian novel writer and poet.

Marisa Ewers (1989–), is a German soccer player.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Sa. two talbots’ heads erased in pale or, betw. two flaunches erm. Crest—A staff raguly or.
2) (Reg. Ulster’s Office). Or, an heraldic tiger pass, sa. Crest—A demi heraldic tiger ramp. or.

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