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Tew Name Meaning

Welsh: nickname for a fat man, from tew ‘plump’. English: habitational name from a place in Oxfordshire (Great, Little and Duns Tew), named with an Old English tiewe ‘row’, ‘ridge’. The surname has been established in Ireland since the 16th century.

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


Similar surnames: Dew, Kew, Lew, New, Rew, Hew, Thew, Pew, Mew, Jew

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Where is the Tew family from?

You can see how Tew families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tew family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tew families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Tew families living in North Carolina. This was about 30% of all the recorded Tew's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Tew families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tew surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tew ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tew. 36% of Tew men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Tew women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tew were Salesman and Teacher.

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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
    36%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    7%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Tew. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tew 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 Tew. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Tew. For the veterans among your Tew ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tew lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Tew life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Tew in 1947 was 30, and 75 in 2004.

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