What does the name Shaw mean?
The origin of the Shaw surname is English and Scottish. It has a number of points of origin, most commonly it is topographical, coming from the Old English 'sceaga' (dweller by the wood) and relates to somebody who lived on or near a thicket or copse and their descendants. The surname Shaw sometimes can stem from an anglicisation of the Gaelic name 'Sitheach', but most often in Ireland it has arisen from the names that arrived during the plantation of the country in the 1600s.
The earliest occurrence of the Shaw surname in our family history documents is from 1400, and we currently have 2,528,634 records where Shaw appears.
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Typical jobs for Shaws
Hard-working people, the Shaws. 2425 worked as labourers, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Shaws lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Shaw in Yorkshire.
Shaws’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Shaws were angels, apparently. We found 2460 in criminal records.
Shaws in World War I
According to the World War I records, 4147 Shaws served in the First World War.