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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Tew Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tew name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Tew Family Origin

Where is the Tew family from?

Tew Family Occupations

What did your Tew ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Tew occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 10% of Tew's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Bricklayer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tew. A less common occupation for the Tew family was Farmer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Bricklayer

  • Farmer


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

Tew Historical Records

What Tew family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Tew Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tew 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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