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Cornwall in southwestern England provides the original birthplace of the surname Bews. Nickname surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Bews is a nickname type of surname for a handsome or beautiful person having been derived from the Old French word beau, meaning beautiful. The name could also have been a patronymic name created from the given name Hugh. Using the Welsh prefix ap or ab, the surname was Ab Hugh, which became Bugh, then Bew. Alternately, some instances of the name in Britain may have come with the Normans, perhaps deriving from the place name Bayeux in Calvados; and, it appears that the Scottish, or Northern English instances of the name may have Scandinavian roots.

Bews Early Origins



The surname Bews was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times. Early recorded instances of the name include Robert le Beu, who was listed in the Assize Rolls of County Somerset in 1200. Bew Castle, a ruined 12th century castle near the village of Bewcastle, Cumbria, adds credence to the suggestion that there may have been a Scandinavian source for this name in the North.

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Bews Spelling Variations


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Bews Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Bewes, Bew, Bewe, Bews, Bewis and others.

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Bews Early History


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Bews Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bews research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1640 is included under the topic Early Bews History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bews Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bews Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bews Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first North American settlers with Bews name or one of its variants:

Bews Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bews settled in Savannah, Georgia, in 1774
  • John Bews, aged 32, arrived in Savanne(h), Georgia in 1774
  • William Bews, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1775

Bews Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Bews, aged 28, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • John Bews, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • John Bews, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Thetis"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bews (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bews (post 1700)



  • Mary Ellen Bews (1856-1945), Scottish-born, New Zealand school principal and educationalist
  • David Bews (1850-1891), Scottish-born, Australian newspaper editor and politician, Minister of Education (1890-1891)
  • Andrew Bews (b. 1964), former Australian rules footballer, Geelong Football Club captain (1990-1991)
  • Jed Bews (b. 1993), Australian rules footballer for the Geelong Football Club
  • Philip Bews (b. 1951), British sculptor

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Major ab adversis
Motto Translation: Greater through adversity.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Bews Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bews 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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