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This interesting surname has two possible origins. Firstly, it may be of English locational origin from the Parishes of Great, Little or Duns Tew, all in Oxfordshire, recorded as Tewe and Teowe in the Domesday Book of 1086, and later appeared specifically as Tiwa Magna, in the Pipe Rolls of Oxfordshire (1165), Parva Tiwe, in the Curia Regis Rolls of that county (1207), and donestiva, in the Calendar of Charters and Rolls, Oxfordshire (circa 1200). The name derives from the Old English pre 7th Century element "tiewe" meaning a row or ridge, impling a "lengthy object", and Tew may have been the name of the long ridge at which the places are.

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