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Rew Name Meaning

English: variant of Rowe 1, from the Old English byform r?w, or a habitational name from places in Devon and Isle of Wight called Rew from this word. Americanized spelling of German Ruh.

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


Similar surnames: Drew, Lew, Rhew, Ree, Kew, Rey, Hew, Jew, Ren, Raw

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Where is the Rew family from?

You can see how Rew families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rew family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rew families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Rew families living in Virginia. This was about 35% of all the recorded Rew's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Rew families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rew surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rew ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rew. 21% of Rew men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Rew women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rew were Machinist and Bookkeeper.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    24%
  • Teacher
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Rew. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rew census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Rew. 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 Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Rew. For the veterans among your Rew ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rew lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Rew life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rew in 1941 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

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