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Shaw Family History & Genealogy

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Shaw Last Name History & Origin

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Updated Oct 03, 2022

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Name Origin

Origin of the name

The surname Shaw has several different origins. The clan name is however derived from an Anglicisation of the Gaelic personal name Sitheach meaning “wolf”. The Gaelic names for the clan are Na Siach, or Mhic Sheaghd.

Origin of the name

The surname Shaw has several different origins. The clan name is however derived from an Anglicisation of the Gaelic personal name Sitheach meaning “wolf”. The Gaelic names for the clan are Na Siach, or Mhic Sheaghd.


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Spellings & Pronunciations

Shaw Name Meaning English: topographic name for someone who lived by a copse or thicket, Middle English s(c)hage, s(c)hawe (Old English sceaga), or a habitational name from any of the numerous minor places named with this word. The English surname was also established in Ireland in the 17th century.Scottish and Irish: adopted as an English form of any of various Gaelic surnames derived from the personal name Sitheach ‘wolf’.Americanized form of some like-sounding Ashkenazic Jewish surname.Chinese : variant of Shao.

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Nationality & Ethnicity

In England and Scotland the name is a topographic name for someone who lived by a copse or thicket.[1] This name is derived from the Middle English schage, shage, schawe, and shawe, from the Old English sceaga meaning "dweller by the wood".[1][2] The name can also be a habitational name derived from places named after these words. The English surname was established in Ireland in the 17th century. In Scotland and Ireland the surname can also be an English form of several surnames derived from the Gaelic personal name sidheach meaning "wolf".[1][3]

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Early Shaws

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Shaw Family Members

Surnames: Shaves - Shawbarr
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Shaw Family Tree

Discover the most common names, oldest records and life expectancy of people with the last name Shaw.

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Most Common First Names

  • John 3.6%
  • William 3.3%
  • James 2.8%
  • Robert 2.3%
  • Mary 1.9%
  • George 1.6%
  • Charles 1.5%
  • Thomas 1.1%
  • Joseph 0.9%
  • Shaw 0.8%
  • Edward 0.8%
  • Margaret 0.7%
  • Elizabeth 0.7%
  • David 0.7%
  • Richard 0.7%
  • Henry 0.7%
  • Donald 0.6%
  • Helen 0.6%
  • Dorothy 0.6%
  • Frank 0.6%

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Shaw Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Shaw family member is 69.6 years old according to our database of 67,080 people with the last name Shaw that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

69.6 years
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Gayle Opel commented on Mar 26, 2018
Hi im trying to find the year and where vera myrtle rebecca shaw died and buried as she is my g grandmother
Irma Hadley commented on Mar 27, 2018
Where and when was your grandmother born?
Beverly Luther commented on Apr 03, 2018
Can you give us more info on birth date, place any place she lived and where she died? I don't mind helping look for her. My Shaw's were in SC and still in NC, High Point area. Spouse, children or parents names.
Michelle Ferguson commented on Sep 19, 2019
Beverly gayle is my Aunty whom I’m in contact with myrtle rebecca shaw was b 1902 Colac she married Albert ivan murphy then Joseph anderson mcqueen b 1907 scottland would you b able to search if those 2 men bore any children with myrtle aka vera
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