Family name origins & meanings
- English : habitational name from a place in Somerset named Chew Magna, which is named for the river on which it stands, a Celtic name, perhaps cognate with Welsh cyw ‘young animal or bird’, ‘chicken’.
- English : habitational name from places called Chew, in West Yorkshire and in the parish of Billington, Lancashire, named with Old English cēo ‘fish gill’, used in the transferred sense of a ravine, in a similar way to Old Norse gil.
- English : derogatory nickname from Middle English chowe ‘chough’, Old English cēo, a bird closely related to the crow and the jackdaw, notorious for its chattering and thieving.
- Korean : variant of Chu.
- Chinese : variant of Zhao.