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Shaw Genealogy and Shaw Family History Information

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  • Abigail Lucas (c.1729 - 1801)
  • Abigail Bryant (c.1624 - 1694)
    2. Abigail b. abt 1624 at England; m. abt 1646 Stephen Bryant; d. 24 October 1694 at Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, aged 70 years. Children of Abigail Shaw and Stephen Bryant, Sr. include: Abigail Bryan...
  • Abner Shaw (1853 - d.)
  • Abraham Shaw, of Yorkshire & Dedham (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".