Maw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Maw. It is a name for someone who lived in a place called Mar, which was in the county of Aberdeen. It may come from the Old Norse word marr, which was an extremely rare word, that was usually associated with the sea, but sometimes referred to a marsh or a fen. In this sense, Maw would be a habitational name.
Early Origins of the Maw family
The surname Maw was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Important Dates for the Maw family
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Maw Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Maw include Marr, Mar, Marre, Mare and others.
Early Notables of the Maw family (pre 1700)
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Maw migration to the United States
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Maw:
Maw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Maw, who landed in Virginia in 1651 
- Martin Maw, who landed in Maryland in 1663 
Maw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert John Maw, who arrived in New York, NY in 1844 
Contemporary Notables of the name Maw (post 1700)
- Herbert Brown Maw (1893-1990), American politician and the eighth Governor of Utah
- Herbert Brown Maw (1893-1990), American Democrat politician, Governor of Utah, 1941-49; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1948, 1952 
- William Henry Maw (1838-1924), British civil engineer and astronomer
- John Nicholas Maw (1935-2009), British composer
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html