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Shaw Genealogy and Shaw Family History Information

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  • Abigail Lucas (c.1729 - 1801)
  • Abigail Bryant (c.1626 - 1694)
    Abigail Shaw was born 1626 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, and died October 24, 1694 in Plymouth , Plymouth, MA Parents: daughter of John Shaw, Sr. (1600-1694) and Alice Phillips (1606-1654) ...
  • Abner Shaw (1853 - d.)
  • Abraham S. Shaw (1585 - 1638)
    Abraham is a clothier by occupation a clothier is defined as someone who sells or makes cloth or clothing. He is also involved in mining activities in the village of Northowram. Abraham signed agreem...

About the Shaw surname

Shaw is most commonly a surname and rarely a given name. The name is of English and Scottish origin.

In England and Scotland the name is a topographic name for someone who lived by a copse or thicket. This name is derived from the Middle English s(c)hage, s(c)hawe, from the Old English sceaga meaning "dweller by the wood". 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 Sitheach meaning "wolf".