Toews History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Toews family

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.

Early History of the Toews family

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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.

Early Notables of the Toews 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...
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Toews Ranking

In Canada, the name Toews is the 994th most popular surname with an estimated 5,456 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Toews family to Ireland

Some of the Toews family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Toews migration to the United States +

Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. 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, who arrived in Nebraska in 1874 [2]
  • Jacob Toews, aged 14, who landed in Nebraska in 1874 [2]
  • Sarah Toews, aged 35, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1877 [2]
  • Aaron Toews, aged 33, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1877 [2]
  • Abraham Toews, aged 7, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1877 [2]
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Canada Toews migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

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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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook