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Hewitt Name Meaning

English:: from the Middle English personal name Hewet Huet Hughet Howet pet forms of Hugh (Middle English Hewe Hue; see Hugh and compare Hew ). The spelling Hughet stood for both Huet and the synonymous Huget; see Huggett . This surname has also been established in Ireland since the 14th century. habitational name from Hewitts in Chelsfield or Hewitts in Willesborough (both Kent) both named from Old English hīewett ‘cutting’ denoting a place where trees had been cut down. Here there lived families called de la Hewatte (1270) de la hewett (1301) and atte Hewete (1338). The name may also be topographic for someone who lived in a newly made clearing in a wood.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hewlett, Witt, Ledwith, Jewett, Heid, Howitt, Geist, Heit, Nevitt

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Where is the Hewitt family from?

You can see how Hewitt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hewitt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hewitt families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 116 Hewitt families living in New York. This was about 35% of all the recorded Hewitt's in USA. New York had the highest population of Hewitt families in 1840.
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What did your Hewitt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hewitt. 13% of Hewitt men worked as a Farmer and 6% of Hewitt women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hewitt were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Hewitt. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 50,000 military records available for the last name Hewitt. For the veterans among your Hewitt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hewitt lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hewitt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hewitt in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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