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Where did the English Dew family come from? What is the English Dew family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dew family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dew family history?

Dew is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dew family lived in Devon. This family was originally from Douai, near Lille, Normandy, and it is from this location that their surname derives.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Dewey, Dewy, Dewye and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dew research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dew History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Dew or a variant listed above were:

Dew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Ann Dew, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Patrick Dew, who arrived in Maryland in 1659
  • Hanah Dew, who arrived in Virginia in 1661
  • Hannah Dew, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Bridgett Dew, who arrived in Maryland in 1663


Dew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Dew, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Jacob Dew, who landed in New England in 1752

Dew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Dew, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Antonne Dew, aged 25, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • Adele Dew, aged 37, landed in New Orleans, La in 1852

Dew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Peter Dew, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Dew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840
  • Dinah Dew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840
  • Kezia Dew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Troubadour" in 1850
  • James Dew, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"


Dew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Dew landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Dew landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Dew, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Anne Dew, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Ann Dew, aged 15, a sempstress, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841


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  • Sheri L. Dew (b. 1953), American author, publisher, and president and chief executive officer of the Deseret Book Company
  • Eddie Dew (1909-1972), American actor, film director, and television director, known for Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1955), Pagan Island (1961) and Beyond the Last Frontier (1943)
  • Earl Dew (1921-1941), American Champion jockey in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing who tragically died at the age of 19 in a racing accident
  • Caroline Frances "Carrie" Dew (b. 1986), American soccer defender, member of the United States National Teams from 2002 to 2009
  • John Alexander Dew MBE (1920-2008), English cricketer
  • Martin Dew, former English male badminton player
  • Detective Chief Inspector Walter Dew (1863-1947), English Metropolitan Police officer who was involved in the hunt for both Jack the Ripper and Dr Crippen
  • John Dew (b. 1952), British diplomat, British Ambassador to Cuba (2004-2008), British Ambassador to Colombia (2008-2012)
  • John Atcherley Dew (b. 1948), New Zealand Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal, the 6th Roman Catholic Archbishop of Wellington and the Metropolitan of New Zealand
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Armine Brereton Dew KCIE, CSI (1867-1941), British Indian Army officer and administrator in British India

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

This page was last modified on 24 August 2015 at 08:42.

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