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