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Shaw Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): from Middle English s(c)hawe s(c)haghe ‘small wood grove thicket’ (Old English sceaga). The surname may be topographic for someone who lived in or by a small wood or habitational for someone from any of the many places so named. Shaw and Shawe are most frequent in Lancashire and Yorkshire where Shaw in Oldham (Lancashire) may be a principal source of the surname. The English and Lowland Scottish surname was also established in Ireland in the 17th century. Scottish: shortened form of various surnames from the Gaelic personal name Sitheach derived from sithech ‘wolf’. Irish (Down and Antrim): adopted for Ó Síthigh ‘descendant of Sítheach’ a personal name based on sítheach ‘peaceful’. Compare Sheehy . Americanized form of some similar (like-sounding) Jewish surname. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 邵 see Shao

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

Similar surnames: Haw, Shan, Shad, Sas, Sham, Hew, Shao, Shean, Shah, Thaw

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Where is the Shaw family from?

You can see how Shaw families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shaw family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shaw families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 13,585 Shaw families living in Yorkshire. This was about 28% of all the recorded Shaw's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Shaw families in 1891.
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What did your Shaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Shaw. 6% of Shaw men worked as a General Labourer and 63% of Shaw women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shaw were Bricklayer and Private Means. .

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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

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

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There are 216,000 military records available for the last name Shaw. For the veterans among your Shaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shaw lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Shaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Shaw in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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