Re: ORIGIN OF ENGLISH "DEWIS"
According to the Huguenot Society the Dewis name is possibly Walloon (Flemish) from Flanders which straddled France and Belgium. Other spellings for the name are Dewise/Dewys/Dewyse/Dewise.
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So perhaps Dewees has no connection. I am researching the Dewis's of London (east end.) These were the centres of the Huguenot weaving trade