As nouns the difference between alew and alec
is that alew
is (obsolete|rare) a cry of despair while alec
is an anchovy or herring, especially pickled or dried.
(obsolete, rare) A cry of despair.
*1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , V.6:
*:Yet did she not lament with loude alew , / As women wont, but with deepe sighes and singults few.
(en proper noun
A diminutive of the male given name Alexander.
* smart aleck