Chewning is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Chewning 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.
Early Origins of the Chewning family
The surname Chewning was first found in Somerset
, where the family held a family seat
from very early times. The Chewnings 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
Early History of the Chewning family
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Chewning Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Chew, Chewe, Chewning, Chue and others.
Early Notables of the Chewning family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chewning family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Chewning or a variant listed above: John Chew and his wife Sarah, who settled in Virginia in 1623; as did Robert Chew in 1663; Ann Chew, who came to Maryland in 1670; Hannah Chew, who immigrated to Maryland in 1720.
Contemporary Notables of the name Chewning (post 1700)
- Dr. Richard C. Chewning, American businessman, eponym of the Chewning Award, awarded every year to a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association