Hewett Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Hewett Name
France, England, Germany
Origins of Hewett:
The surname of Hewett is a patronymic surname from the country of England. A patronymic surname is a surname that comes from the personal given name of a father or a grandfather. Oftentimes, patronymic surnames are used to distinguish between the son and father, or are used to denote if someone is the son of an important figure within the community or society. Patronymic surnames are still used today, and often end in the suffix of “-son.” In the case of the surname of Hewett, the surname itself can be translated to mean “son of Hugh.” The surname of Hewett was said to be introduced to the country of England following the Norman Conquest of the year of 1066. The word itself can be traced to the country of Germany, from the German word of “hug” which can be translated to mean “heart” “mind” or “spirit.” Another possible origin of the surname of Hewett is that it was used as a nickname. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the case of the surname of Hewett, those who originally bore this surname would have been the son of someone who was noted in their community for being honest in heart, mind, and spirit.
More common variations are: Hewiett, Hewette, Hewetty, Hewwett, Heweett, Hewyett, Heweitt, Heweitt
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Hewett can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of Roger Huet was mentioned in the document known as the Pipe Rolls of Devonshire in the year of 1182. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Henry II, who was known throughout the ages and commonly referred to as one “The Builder of Churches.” King Henry II ruled from the year of 1154 to the year of 1189. Other mentions of the surname of Hewett in the country of England include one William Hughet, who was mentioned in the Assize Court Rolls of the county of Somerset in the year of 1280, while one Ricot Huet was mentioned in the document known as the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in the year of 1327.
United States of America:
Within the 17th and 18th Centuries, European citizens began to migrate to the United States of America in search of a better life for them and their families. Among those who migrated to the United States was one Rich Hewett, who landed in the state of Virginia in the year of 1621, making him the first person recorded to bear the surname of Hewett within the entire United States of America.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Hewett: United States 7,383; England 3,856; Australia 1,931; South Africa 1,005; New Zealand 424; Canada 400; Kenya 314; Wales 293; Scotland 177; Germany 168; France 122; United Arab Emirates 69
Major-General Hobart Hewett (1900-1967) who served as the Deputy Commander in Chief in the United States Army in Europe from the year of 1958 to the year of 1959, and who was from America.
Howard Hewett (born in 1955) who was an R&B gospel singer from America.
Ziba Hewett, who served as a Member of the New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County in the year of 1830, and who was a politician from America.
John W. Hewett, who served as the Prohibition Candidate for the Connecticut State House of Representatives from Torrington in the year of 1804, and who was a politician from America.
James H. H. Hewett, who served as a Delegate to the Nebraska State Constitutional Convention from the year of 1919 to the year of 1920, and who was a politician from America.
I. N. Hewett, who served as the Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the state of Kansas in the year of 1936, and who was a Democratic politician from America.
H. A. Hewett, who served as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from the state of Oklahoma in the year of 1952, and who was a Republican politician from America.
Hewett Coat of Arms Meaning
The three main devices (symbols) in the Hewett blazon are the owl, chevron and falcon. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and gules.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 1Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233. The owl has long been associated with heraldry and is depicted in a clearly recognised aspect, always with its face to the viewer. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Owl It comes as no surprise that previous generations of heraldic writers ascribed to it the traits of “vigilance and acute wit”. 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P77
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 9A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various), or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.10The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.
Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233. The falcon is a bird long associated with hunting and we need look no further than a liking for this pursuit for its presence on many early coats of arms. 13A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Falcon We also find many of the accessories used in falconry depicted on arms, and a surprising number of terms from the art of falconry have found use in modern English idioms and the interested reader is recommended to search out the origins of the phrases hoodwinked and “cadging” a lift.