Hewitt means from the cutting.

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Hewitt

  This surname HEWITT was  of English  origin, derived from the Old English  word ‘hiewett’  the dweller by the clearing. Local names usually  denoted where a man  held land.  Local surnames, by far the largest group, derived from a place name where the man  held land or from the place from which he had  come, or where he actually  lived. These local surnames were  originally preceded by a preposition such as “de”, “atte”, “by” or “in”. The names may derive  from a manor held,  from working in a religious  dwelling or from literally living by a wood or marsh or by a stream. Following the Crusades in Europe a need was  felt for a family name. This was  recognized by those of noble blood,  who realised the prestige and  practical advantage it would add  to their status. Early records mention Roger Huiett, who was  recorded in Durham in 1085  and  Robert Huet is documented in the year  1182  in Yorkshire  and  Devon.  Thomas Huwet appears in the year  1327  in County  Sussex. Roger Howatt  of Yorkshire, was  listed in the Yorkshire  Poll Tax of 1379.William  Howitt was documented in 1447  in County  Yorkshire. The name was  taken to Ireland  by settlers and Gaelicized as Huighead. The name is now familiar both to Munster and  the city of Dublin. The arms are  recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes Armory. Ulster  King of Arms in 1884.  Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066  a very few dynasts and  magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English,  Norman and  Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more  stabilized, there was  property to leave in wills, the towns  and  villages  grew and  the labels that had  served to distinguish a handful  of folk in a friendly village were  not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most  of the householders were  engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them,  and  some first names were  gaining  a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170.  The hereditary principle  in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were  slower  to apply it. By the 14th century however, most  of the population had acquired a second name.

ARMS – Azure  on a fess flory counter-flory between three lions passant guard or as many  birds  sable

CREST – A lion as in the arms MOTTO – NE TE QUAESIVERIS EXTRA Seek nothing beyond your sphere

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