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The origins of the distinguished surname Few are somewhat unclear. The name is of English origin, and is thought to be derived from the Old English "feawe," meaning "small."

Few Early Origins



The surname Few was first found in Wiltshire, where the ancestral home of the family is thought to be located. Bearers of Few have been prominent in this county for centuries; their history in this region stretches back to the years following the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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Few Spelling Variations


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Few Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Few include Few, Fewe and others.

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Few Early History


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Few Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Few research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1748, 1789, 1828, and 1845 are included under the topic Early Few History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Few Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Few Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Few Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Few or a variant listed above:

Few Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rich Few, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Few Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Few, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cromwell 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Few (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Few (post 1700)



  • William Few (1748-1828), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State Legislature, 1777-79; U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1789-93; Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1801-05
  • Mary Reamey Few (1885-1971), American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from North Carolina, 1944-54; Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1948, 1952
  • George H. Few (1855-1948), American Republican politician, Mayor of Flandreau, South Dakota; Member of South Dakota State Senate 15th District, 1901-04
  • Bobby Few (b. 1935), American jazz pianist from Cleveland, Ohio
  • William Few (1748-1828), American political leader in the American Revolution, congressman, and senator from Georgia, Founding Father of the United States

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Few Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Few 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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