The surname of EWERT was derived from the Old French 'ewer'a name given to a servant who supplied guests at a table with water to wash their hands. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monasteries, gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name.
Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. The name was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention Richard le Ewert who was documented in the year 1185 in County Somerset. Richard Lewert was documented in 1219 in County Surrey. Alexander Euert was documented in County Surrey and Bedfordshire in the year 1309. The name has many variant spellings which include Ewers, Lewer, Ewart and Lower. The earliest English placenames were those taken over by the Anglo-Saxons from the Britons at the time of their settlement in Britain between the 5th and 6th centuries. It was after the Norman Conquest of 1066 that hereditary surnames began to be used. Many of the incoming Normans identified themselves by reference to the estates from which they had come in Northern France, and others took names from the places in England in which they settled. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. A notable member of this name was WILLIAM EWART,(l798-l869) English politician and reformer, born in Liverpool. He was Liberal MP (l828-l868) for Bletchingly, Liverpool,Wigan and the Dumfries Burghs. He carried a free libraries bill in l850.
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