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The name Thew can be traced to the ancient Celtic culture of Wales. The surname Thew is derived from the Welsh word "tew," which means "portly" or "plump," and was most likely originally a nickname for a heavy-set person.

Thew Early Origins



The surname Thew 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.

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Thew Spelling Variations


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Thew Spelling Variations



Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Thew has seen various spelling variations: Tew, Tews, Tewell, Tewel, Tuel, Tuell and others.

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Thew Early History


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Thew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thew research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1718, 1714, 1715, 1650 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Thew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thew Early Notables (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 Thew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thew In Ireland


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Thew In Ireland



Some of the Thew 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Thew Richard Tew, who settled in Newport R.I. in 1641; John Tew, who came to Virginia in 1650; Charles Tew, who came to Maryland in 1760; William Tewell was on record in St. Mary’s County, Maryland in 1714.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thew (post 1700)



  • Harvey Francis Thew (1883-1946), American screenwriter, best known for his work on The Winning of Sally Temple (1917) and later The Public Enemy (1931); he had 92 credits to his name
  • Daniel Thew, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County, 1792-93
  • Charles N. Thew (b. 1867), American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention 8th District, 1907-08
  • Robert Thew (1758-1802), English engraver from Patrington, Holderness, Yorkshire, he rose to become historical engraver to the Prince of Wales
  • Linda McCullough Thew (1918-2013), British author of short stories and books, best known for her memoir entitled The Pit Village and the Store, which was later dramatized for British television
  • Julian "Yoyo" Thew, English professional poker player who as of 2011 had amassed $2,600,000 in winnings
  • Manora Alice Thew (1891-1987), born in Negapatam, Madras, an English actress, known for At the Villa Rose (1920), The Polar Star (1919) and The Man and the Moment (1918)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    6. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Thew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thew 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 8 June 2016 at 09:11.

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