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MEW Family History

Recorded as Mew, Mewe, Mewes, Mews and the diminutives Mewett and Mewitt, this is an English surname. It has at least two possible origins, one of which may be French. The first is a nickname from the Old English pre 7th century word "meaw" meaning a "sea-mew" or gull, although as to why a person should be so called, is unclear. Early examples of the surname recording from this source include William Mew in the Court Rolls of the Abbey of Ramsey, Huntingdonshire in 1284, whilst John Meau or Meaw is recorded in the Calendar of Letter Books, in London in 1312.

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