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The roots of the surname Rew come from the Old English term "raw," meaning "row"; the surname indicates a "dweller in the row of houses or in the street."

Rew Early Origins



The surname Rew was first found in the county of Cornwall; the first known bearer of the name was Robert ate Rewe, who appears in records dated 1297. There is also a parish called Rewe, located in Devon; this parish was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

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Rew Spelling Variations


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Rew Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Rew, Rewe, Rue, Rowe, Rhue, Rhew, Rhewe and others.

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Rew Early History


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Rew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rew research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1327, 1492, 1650, 1858 and 1929 are included under the topic Early Rew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rew Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rew or a variant listed above:

Rew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Rew, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Rew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Rew arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rew (post 1700)



  • Southey Rew, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Hyde County, 1786-87
  • Robert Rew, American politician, Mayor of Rockford, Illinois, 1917-21
  • Lisa J Rew, American Assistant Research Professor at Montana State University
  • Russell K Rew, American head of the Unidata development and support group
  • Kimberley Rew, popular English singer and songwriter, formerly of the bands "Soft Boys" and "Katrina and the Waves"

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    The Rew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rew 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 10 December 2015 at 11:16.

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