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Shaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Irish , Scottish


The surname Shaw was both an Irish and Scotch name. It is derived from the Gaelic personal name "Sithech," meaning "wolf."


Early Origins of the Shaw family


The surname Shaw was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat on the lands of Muthill with manor and estates in that shire. The first mention of the Clan was their recorded presence at the General Council by King Malcolm Canmore at Forfar in 1061. However, this name has come to be known as Irish where it is a common name, especially in north-east Ulster.

Early History of the Shaw family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shaw research.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1799, 1825, 1843, 1876, and 1895 are included under the topic Early Shaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shaw Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Shaw, Shawe, Shave, Sheaves, Shaves, Shay, Shayes and many more.

Early Notables of the Shaw family (pre 1700)


Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Shaw family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nich Shaw, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Annis Shaw, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Anne Shaw, who settled in Virginia in 1635 along with Richard and William
  • Roger Shaw, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1636 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Abraham Shaw, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1637 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Shaw, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Ewen Shaw, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Angus Shaw, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Donald Shaw, who settled in Virginia in 1716
  • Ewen Shaw, who settled in South Carolina in 1716 along with John
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Shaw, who arrived in America in 1801 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Joseph Shaw, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • James Shaw, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Nathaniel Shaw, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Elijah Shaw, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shaw Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Shaw, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Shaw, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sarah Shaw, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Peter Shaw, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • John Shaw, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shaw Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shaw, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • James Shaw, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Samuel Shaw, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Mary" in 1838
  • Thomas Shaw, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mary Shaw, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Shaw, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • William Shaw, a cooper, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Ann Shaw, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • Margaret Shaw, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  • George Shaw, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elihu Shaw, who landed in Kaipara, New Zealand in 1836 aboard the ship Coromandel
  • John Shaw, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Shaw, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • Ebenezer Shaw, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • James Shaw, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Shaw (post 1700)


  • George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish Nobel Prize-winning and Academy Award-winning playwright, essayist and critic, eponym of the Shaw Festival, Niagara on the Lake, Canada
  • Rick Shaw (1938-2017), born James Harold Hummell III, an American disc jockey, radio and television personality
  • Lee Shaw (1926-2015), nicknamed the "First Lady of Jazz", an American jazz pianist and composer
  • Eddie Shaw (1937-2018), American Chicago blues tenor saxophonist, arranger and bandleader from Stringtown, Mississippi; he led Howlin' Wolf's band and Wolf Gang (1972-1976)
  • Charles "Bobo" Shaw (1947-2017), American free jazz drummer
  • Leander J. Shaw Jr. (1930-2015), American jurist, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 1990 to 1992
  • Gaylord Dewayne Shaw (1942-2015), American pulitzer prize winning journalist in 1978
  • Michael Shaw (1943-2005), American journalist awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1991
  • Wilbur Shaw (1902-1954), American 1939 and 1940 Indianapolis 500 winner
  • Brewster Hopkinson Shaw (b. 1945), former NASA astronaut with 3 shuttle missions and over 533 hours in space [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Brewster Shaw. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/shaw-bh.html
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Shaw family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Henry Edward Shaw, British Baker from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

Halifax Explosion

  • Ms. Sarah Jane Shaw, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  • Mrs. Mary  Shaw (1847-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  • Mrs. Margaret  Shaw (1847-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  • Master Charles William  Shaw (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  • Miss Nellie May  Shaw (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  • ... (Another 9 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Shaw, British Petty Office Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  • Mr. Shaw, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  • Mr. Shaw, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing in action 1942 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Douglas Shaw, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  • Mr. Robert Stitt Shaw (b. 1914), English Able Bodied Seaman from Allerton, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

HMS Royal Oak

  • Stephen Shaw (1918-1939), British Leading Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Emily Shaw, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

USS Arizona

  • Mr. Clyde Donald Shaw, American Seaman First Class from Ohio, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking
  • Mr. Robert K. Shaw, American Musician Second Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking

Suggested Readings for the name Shaw


  • Beacon Hill's Colonel Robert Gould Shaw by Marion Whitney Smith.
  • Eight Generations of the Family of John Shaw, 1788-1858 and his Wife, Nancy Worthy Shaw, 1788-1846 of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Mississippi by William David McCain.
  • Isaac Towell & his Family by Roy H. Towell.

The Shaw 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: Te Ipsum nosce
Motto Translation: know thyself.


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  5. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Brewster Shaw. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/shaw-bh.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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