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Chew Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Somerset named Chew Magna, which is named for the river on which it stands, a Celtic name, perhaps cognate with Welsh cyw ‘young animal or bird’, ‘chicken’. English: habitational name from places called Chew, in West Yorkshire and in the parish of Billington, Lancashire, named with Old English ceo ‘fish gill’, used in the transferred sense of a ravine, in a similar way to Old Norse gil. English: derogatory nickname from Middle English chowe ‘chough’, Old English ceo, a bird closely related to the crow and the jackdaw, notorious for its chattering and thieving. Korean: variant of Chu. Chinese : variant of Zhao.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Chow, Hew, Crew, Shaw, Che, Thew, Hee, Cahow, New, Chee

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Where is the Chew family from?

You can see how Chew families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chew family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chew families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 145 Chew families living in British Columbia. This was about 71% of all the recorded Chew's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Chew families in 1911.
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What did your Chew ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Chew. 29% of Chew men worked as a Labourer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Waiter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Cook
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Chew. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Chew. For the veterans among your Chew ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chew lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Chew life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Chew in 1940 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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