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Where did the English Dew family come from? What is the English Dew family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dew family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dew family history?

Dew is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dew family lived in Devon. This family was originally from Douai, near Lille, Normandy, and it is from this location that their surname derives.


Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Dewey, Dewy, Dewye and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dew research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dew History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Dew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Dew or a variant listed above were:

Dew Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Dew, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Patrick Dew, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • Hanah Dew, who arrived in Virginia in 1661
  • Hannah Dew, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Bridgett Dew, who arrived in Maryland in 1663

Dew Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Dew, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Jacob Dew, who landed in New England in 1752

Dew Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Dew, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Antonne Dew, aged 25, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • Adele Dew, aged 37, landed in New Orleans, La in 1852


  • Caroline Frances Dew (b. 1986), American soccer defender
  • Detective Chief Inspector Walter Dew (1863-1947), English Metropolitan Police officer who was involved in the hunt for both Jack the Ripper and Dr Crippen
  • Martin Dew, former English male badminton player
  • Stuart Dew (b. 1979), former Australian rules footballer


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  11. ...

The Dew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dew Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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