The name Thow can be traced to the ancient Celtic culture of Wales
. The surname Thow 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 Thow family
The surname Thow 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 Thow family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thow research.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1718, 1714, 1715, 1650 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Thow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thow Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Thow name over the years has been spelled Tew, Tews, Tewell, Tewel, Tuel, Tuell and others.
Early Notables of the Thow 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 Thow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Thow family to Ireland
Some of the Thow 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 Thow family to the New World and Oceana
began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Thow: 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’.