This surname HEWERTSON was of English origin, and was 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. It was also a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Hewitt'. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, in the form HUET. Early records mention Roger Huietson 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 bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did.
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