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

Toews Early Origins



The surname Toews 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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Toews Spelling Variations


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Toews Spelling Variations



The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Toews have included Tew, Tews, Tewell, Tewel, Tuel, Tuell and others.

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Toews Early History


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Toews Early History



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

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Toews Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Toews 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 Toews Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Toews In Ireland


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Toews In Ireland



Some of the Toews 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



Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North Ameri ca. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Toews were found:

Toews Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Agatha Toews, aged 6, arrived in Nebraska in 1874
  • Jacob Toews, aged 14, landed in Nebraska in 1874
  • Sarah Toews, aged 35, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1877
  • Aaron Toews, aged 33, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1877
  • Abraham Toews, aged 7, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1877
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Toews Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Toews, who arrived in Manitoba in 1876
  • Johann Toews, who arrived in Manitoba in 1876
  • Peter Toews, who landed in Manitoba in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Toews (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Toews (post 1700)



  • Jeffrey Mark Toews (b. 1957), American former NFL offensive tackle and guard
  • Loren James Toews (b. 1951), American former NFL football player
  • David Toews (b. 1990), Canadian professional ice hockey player, brother of Jonathan Bryan Toews
  • Miriam Toews (b. 1964), Canadian writer, winner of the 2008 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
  • Victor "Vic" Toews PC QC MP (b. 1952), Canadian politician, Minister of Public Safety (2010-2013)
  • Jonathan Bryan Toews (b. 1988), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey centre, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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).
    11. ...

    The Toews Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Toews 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 28 August 2016 at 23:42.

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