Last name: Shaw
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Shaw is my mother's maiden name. There is indeed a notable Scottish family named Shaw which can trace its origins back at least as far as the ninth century. Whether I'm descended from that line I don't know, but it would be nice to think so. However, from the research I've done, it seems that there's more than one origin for the Shaw surname and not everyone called Shaw today is necessarily descended from the Scottish line. This article isn't entirely wrong - some of the families called Shaw did get their name in the way it describes. However the article is incomplete, especially as it makes no mention of the Scottish Shaws.
Shaw is my family name, and here in my 8th grade class, we had to do a genealogy from which I found that the name has very strong German roots. But my history teacher has given us a paper that says the name is both Scottish and English. But reading through the previous comments, I doubt that my name is as deep German as my father and my grandfather that lead me to believe. I agree that my name is Scottish, but the meaning of Shaw; the dweller at the small wood or thicket; descendant of Sithech (wolf); one who came from Shaw (small wood), the name of several places in England. That is directly off the paper I have been given. So can I have one of the people that read this help me get a better understanding of my surname.
my baby's last name is A'bria Shaw which is her father's last name who is Dwight Shaw II i do not know my daughter's father's father's family or anything of them. he wasn't involved i do not know my daughter's family and where they come from all i know is she is a shaw
The scottish origin of the name shaw in the Highlands is derived from the gaelic pictish nickname sithech which means wolf ..There is a Shaw clan of Tordarroch and another Shaw called corrihiaclay [bucktooth] two very old highland clans .The lowlands shaws and english ones come from the Anglo Saxon word meaning ,wood or thickit,copse or a clearing in a wood.In Ireland if protestant they proberbly have the english meaning but if Catholic proberbly Scottish settlers from the Highlands
Robert G. Shaw