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The name Gaw comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a person with a fancied resemblance to the wild boar. The name derives fom the Old Norse word goltr, which means boar. The boar, a hairy tusked animal similar to a pig, was once quite populous in England, but now remains only on continental Europe. Hunting boar was a favorite sport during the Middle Ages, and the sport contributed to its extinction in the British Isles.

Gaw Early Origins



The surname Gaw was first found in Perthshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Gall was the name given to strangers, as in the Lowland Galt, but the name probably came from France. Conjecturally they moved north to Scotland with King David of Scotland.

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Gaw Spelling Variations


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Gaw Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Gall, Gauld, Gault, Galt, Gaw, Gawe, Gauwe and others.

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Gaw Early History


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Gaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaw research. Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1367, 1397, 1399, 1450, 1469, 1499, 1513, 1525, 1533, 1547, 1613, 1640, 1737, 1779, and 1839 are included under the topic Early Gaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gaw In Ireland


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Gaw In Ireland



Some of the Gaw family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Gaw or a variant listed above were:

Gaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Gaw, who landed in America in 1799

Gaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Gaw, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • James, Jason, John and William Gaw all settled in Philadelphia in 1828
  • Robert Gaw, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Agnes Gaw, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1893
  • Mary Gaw, aged 11, arrived in New York, NY in 1893

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gaw (post 1700)



  • Steve Gaw (b. 1957), American Democratic Party politician, Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
  • George Joseph "Chippy" Gaw (1892-1968), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in 1920
  • Steve Gaw, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1996, 2000

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Patentia Vincit
Motto Translation: Patience conquers.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Gaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaw Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 11:46.

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