Carew Family History
Carew Name Meaning
Welsh (Pembrokeshire): habitational name from any of various minor places in Wales in particular one near Pembroke with a major castle named from Welsh caer ‘fort’ + rhiw ‘hill slope’. The surname was taken to Ireland soon after the Norman invasion of England and was Gaelicized as de Carrún. In the 16th century a family called Carew from Devon played an important part in establishing the Tudor administration in Ireland. Cornish (Somerset and Devon): from the cognate Cornish word kerrow (plural of ker ‘fort’) which occurs seven times as a placename in Cornwall.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022