Chew (surname)

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Language(s)Chinese (Cantonese, Southern Min, Mandarin), Korean
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The surname Chew is a Chinese, English or Korean name.


As an English surname, Chew has three separate origins:

As a Chinese surname, Chew is a spelling of the pronunciation in different varieties of Chinese of a number of distinct surnames including the below ones, listed by their pronunciation in Mandarin Chinese:[5]

As a Korean surname, Chew might be an alternative spelling of the surnames spelled Ju (Hangul: ; Hanja: , ) or Chu (Hangul: ; Hanja: , ) in the Revised Romanization of Korean.[9][10]


According to statistics cited by Patrick Hanks, there were 2,033 people on the island of Great Britain and 48 on the island of Ireland with the surname Chew as of 2011. In 1881 there had been 1,490 people with the surname in Great Britain, mainly in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, and Bedfordshire.[2]

The 2010 United States Census found 8,905 people with the surname Chew, making it the 3,988th-most-common name in the country. This represented an decrease in relative frequency, but an increase in absolute numbers, from 8,516 (3,831st-most-common) in the 2000 Census. In both censuses, about four-tenths of the bearers of the surname identified as Asian, four-tenths as White, and 15% as Black.[11] It was the 310th-most-common surname among respondents to the 2000 Census who identified as Asian.[12]


Notable people with the surname include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Abram, William Alexander (1873). "A History of the Township of Billington, in the Parish of Blackburn Co., Lancaster; its Ancient Families, Lords, and Freehodlers; with an Account of the Parochial Chapel and Chapelry of Langho: Part I". Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. 13 (25). Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Coates, Richard; McClure, Peter, eds. (2016). The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland. Oxford University Press. p. 489. ISBN 9780192527479.
  3. ^ Hanks, Coates & McClure 2016, p. 489, entry #2
  4. ^ Hanks, Coates & McClure 2016, p. 489, entry #3
  5. ^ Hanks, Coates & McClure 2016, p. 489, entries #4–8
  6. ^ Hanks, Coates & McClure 2016, p. 489, entry #4. For the Teochew pronunciation, see Fielde, Adele M. (1883). "周". A pronouncing and defining dictionary of the Swatow dialect, arranged according to syllables and tones. Shanghai: American Presbyterian Mission Press. p. 59. Additionally see "周". Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  7. ^ Hanks, Coates & McClure 2016, p. 489, entry #7
  8. ^ Hanks, Coates & McClure 2016, p. 489, entry #8; and Louie, Emma Woo (1988). Chinese American Names: Tradition and Transition. McFarland. pp. 182, 183. ISBN 9780786438778.
  9. ^ Hanks, Coats & McClure 2016, pp. 489 (entry #9), 505
  10. ^ "행정구역(구시군)/성씨·본관별 가구 및 인구" [Family names by administrative region (district, city, county): separated by bon-gwan, households and individuals]. Korean Statistical Information Service. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  11. ^ "How common is your last name?". Newsday. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Most common last names for Asians and Pacific Islanders in the U.S." Mongabay. Retrieved 8 January 2018.