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Maw Surname Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire): from Middle English Maw(e) a pet form of the Anglo-Norman French and Middle English personal name Maheu (see Matthew ). Alternative derivation of Middle English Mawe from an Old English personal name Māwa is theoretically possible in northern England. Compare Mew . English (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire): occasionally a variant of Mowe . English (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire): topographic name meaning either ‘(dweller by) the meadow’ from an otherwise unrecorded Middle English word mawe mowe ‘meadow’ (attested in the second element of the Old English placename Dunmow Essex) or ‘(dweller by) the wet hollow’ from Middle English mawe ‘stomach’ (Old English maga) used topographically to denote a depression which collects water. See also Mowe . Burmese: from a personal name usually forming part of a compound name from maw ‘distinguished’. — Note: Since Burmese do not have hereditary surnames this name was registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: May, Mew, Haw, Mar, Law, Raw, Bow, Man, Daw, Mak

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Where is the Maw family from?

You can see how Maw families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Maw family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Maw families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 486 Maw families living in Yorkshire. This was about 44% of all the recorded Maw's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Maw families in 1891.
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What did your Maw ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Maw. 18% of Maw men worked as a Farmer and 69% of Maw women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Maw were Railway Clerk and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Farmer
  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Railway Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Maw. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Maw. For the veterans among your Maw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Maw lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Maw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Maw in 1951 was 43, and 82 in 2004.

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