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Origins of the Hewitt surname

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What does the name Hewitt mean?

Hewitt is an English and Scottish name. It is patronymic by origin, and refers to someone who is the descendant of somebody named 'Hugh' or 'Hew', of which 'Hewitt' is a diminutive. Although names with similar origins exist, this version is particularly prevalent in Northern England.

Alternative variations of the name Hewitt

Hewitt, Hewat, Hewatt, Hewit, Huett

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Where do most Hewitts live?

In 1921, most Hewitts lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Hewitts

How common is your surname?

255th most common surname in the UK

We have 153,000 records for the Hewitt surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Hewitts most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Hewitt first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Hewitts

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hewitts in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Hewitts in 1921
Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer






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