Chew Family History

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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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Chew Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Chew name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Chew. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • China


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Chew Family Origin

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Chew Family Occupations

What did your Chew ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Chew occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Chew's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Chew family was Keeps House. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chew.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Keeps House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Chew ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Chew Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Chew. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chew census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Chew Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chew ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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