Chew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. Alternatively, the name could have been from Eu in Normandy, commonly called la Ville d'Eu. [1]

Early Origins of the Chew family

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.

Early History of the Chew family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chew research. Another 91 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Chew family (pre 1700)

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United States Chew migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Jon Chew, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [2]
  • John Chew and his wife Sarah, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Sarah Chew, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625 [2]
  • Samuel Chew, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [2]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • A V Chew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Phoebe Chew, who sailed to New York in 1864
  • Maria Chew, aged 5, who landed in New York in 1864 [2]
  • Phoebe Chew, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1864 [2]

Canada Chew migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Chew U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]
  • Mr. Johnson W. Chew U.E. who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783 [3]
  • Lt. William Chew U.E. who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783 he served in the King's New Brunswick Regiment [3]

Australia Chew migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Chew, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846 [4]
  • William Chew, aged 22, a painter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [5]
  • Joseph Chew, aged 55, a painter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [5]
  • Joseph Chew, aged 27, a painter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [5]
  • John Chew, aged 24, a painter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Chew migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Chew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Chew, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Chew, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • A. Chew, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Carey" in 1863
  • F. Chew, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Donna Anita" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th June 1863 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chew (post 1700) +

  • Robert F. Chew (1966-2013), American actor, known for his starring role in the HBO television drama series The Wire
  • 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
  • Danny Chew (b. 1962), American cyclist who has twice won the Race Across America [7]
  • Roger Chew Weightman (1787-1876), American politician, civic leader, and printer, 8th Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1824 to 1827)
  • Benjamin Chew Tilghman (1821-1901), American soldier and inventor of the process of sandblasting

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Joseph Bernard Chew, British Lead Air Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]


Suggested Readings for the name Chew +

  • 3932 "Genealogy of the Chew Family" by Robert L. Chew.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHEOBE/PHOEBE 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Phoebe.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord of the Isles 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Danny Chew. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Danny Chew. Retrieved from http://dannychew.com/
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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