The name Tewell can be traced to the ancient Celtic culture of Wales
. The surname Tewell is derived from the Welsh
word "tew," which means "portly" or "plump," and was most likely originally a nickname
for a heavy-set person.
Early Origins of the Tewell family
The surname Tewell was first found in Cardiganshire
(Welsh: Sir Aberteifi), the former Kingdom of Ceredigion, created as a county in 1282 by Edward I
, and located on the West coast of Wales
, where they held a family seat
anciently. Traditionally they claim descent from Rhodri Mawr
, the first great King of Wales
through Lord Rhys, Prince of South Wales
. Gwenllian, daughter of John Tew married Dafydd Llywellyn Lloyd of Castle Howel, first knight of the shire for Cardiganshire.
Early History of the Tewell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tewell research.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1718, 1714, 1715, 1650 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Tewell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tewell Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Tewell has occasionally been spelled Tew, Tews, Tewell, Tewel, Tuel, Tuell and others.
Early Notables of the Tewell family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Tew of Cardigan; Henry Tew (1654-1718), early American 16th Deputy Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (1714-1715); and Thomas Tew (c.
1650-1695), American pirate who gained notoriety in the Red Sea... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tewell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tewell family to Ireland
Some of the Tewell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tewell family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Tewell
Tewell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Tewell was on record in St. Mary’s County, Maryland in 1714
Contemporary Notables of the name Tewell (post 1700)
- Doug Tewell (b. 1949), American professional (PGA) golfer
- Reverend Dr. Thomas K Tewell, Senior Pastor at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church