Origins Available: English, Welsh
England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dewe 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 Dewe family
Somerset, where the family held a family seat from very early times. The Dewes 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 Dewe family
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Dewe Spelling Variations
spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Chew, Chewe, Chewning, Chue and others.
Early Notables of the Dewe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dewe family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dewe or a variant listed above:
Dewe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Dewe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
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