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Shaw Family History

Shaw Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived by a copse or thicket, Middle English s(c)hage, s(c)hawe (Old English sceaga), or a habitational name from any of the numerous minor places named with this word. The English surname was also established in Ireland in the 17th century.Scottish and Irish: adopted as an English form of any of various Gaelic surnames derived from the personal name Sitheach ‘wolf’.Americanized form of some like-sounding Ashkenazic Jewish surname.Chinese : variant of Shao.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Shaw Families

  • Number of Shaw families
     1,019 - 2,036
     340 - 1,018
     1 - 339
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shaw families
     6,794 - 13,585
     2,265 - 6,793
     1 - 2,264
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shaw families
     1,069 - 2,136
     357 - 1,068
     1 - 356
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Shaw Family Origin

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Shaw Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Shaw

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Shaw Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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