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The name Chew reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chew family lived in Somerset. The family was originally from the area of Cheux, near Carne, Normandy, and it from a reference to this location that the name derives.

Chew Early Origins



The surname Chew was first found in Somerset, where the family held a family seat from very early times. The Chews were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Randal de Chiw, who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1201.

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Chew Spelling Variations


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Chew Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chew family name include Chew, Chewe, Chewning, Chue and others.

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Chew Early History


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Chew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chew research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1623, 1744, 1798, 1810 and 1878 are included under the topic Early Chew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Chew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Chew Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chew 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Chew family to immigrate North America:

Chew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Chew, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1622
  • Jon Chew, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • John Chew and his wife Sarah, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Sarah Chew, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Samuel Chew, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hannah Chew, who immigrated to Maryland in 1720
  • Benjamin Chew, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1777

Chew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Chew, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • A V Chew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Phoebe Chew, who sailed to New York in 1864
  • Maria Chew, aged 5, landed in New York in 1864
  • Phoebe Chew, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1864

Chew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joseph Chew U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Johnson W. Chew U.E. who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Lt. William Chew U.E. who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783 he served in the King's New Brunswick Regiment [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Chew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Chew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • William Chew, aged 22, a painter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
  • Joseph Chew, aged 55, a painter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
  • Joseph Chew, aged 27, a painter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
  • John Chew, aged 24, a painter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Chew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Chew landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Chew arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • A. Chew arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Carey" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Chew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Chew (post 1700)



  • Geoffrey F. Chew (b. 1924), American theoretical physicist, Professor of physics at the Berkeley since 1957
  • Benjamin Chew (1722-1810), American Quaker-born legal scholar, lawyer, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Province of Pennsylvania, he had a lifelong personal friendship with George Washington
  • Roger Preston Chew (1843-1921), American horse artillery commander in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia
  • Ray Chew (b. 1968), American musician, member of the Saturday Night Live Band from 1980 to 1983
  • Robert F. Chew (19660-2013), American actor, known for his starring role in the HBO television drama series The Wire
  • Danny Chew (b. 1962), American cyclist who has twice won the Race Across America

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Chew Historic Events


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Chew Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Joseph Bernard Chew, British Lead Air Mechanician, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Chew


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Suggested Readings for the name Chew



  • Genealogy of the Chew Family by Robert L. Chew.

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Chew Family Crest Products


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Chew Family Crest Products




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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  11. ...

The Chew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chew 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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