The name Tou can be traced to the ancient Celtic culture of Wales
. The surname Tou 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 Tou family
The surname Tou 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 Tou family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tou research.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1718, 1714, 1715, 1650 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Tou History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tou 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 Tou has seen various spelling variations: Tew, Tews, Tewell, Tewel, Tuel, Tuell and others.
Early Notables of the Tou 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 Tou Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tou family to Ireland
Some of the Tou 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 Tou family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Tou: 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’.