This very interesting and individualistic name is of Olde English origin and is a typical West Country dialectual transposition. The origin is Olde English pre 7th Century and the word means "the dweller at the house" (Hus) or from resident at the various villages called "Huish". The modern name forms are "Huish", "Hewish" and "Huyche", the latter reflecting the true origin. The name development has included Richard de Hewysh of Cornwall in 1292, Thomas Hewis of Devon in 1568 Oxford University Register, and Mary Huis who in 1660 married George Broderwick at St.Dionis, Backchurch, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de Hiwyagh. which was dated 1273, in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset. during the reign of King Edward 1, known as the Hammer of the Scots, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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