Shew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Shew family

The surname Shew 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 Shew family

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

Shew Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Shew family (pre 1700)

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Shew Ranking

In the United States, the name Shew is the 12,729th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Shew migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Shew, who arrived in Maryland in 1651-1652 [2]
Shew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Shew, aged 27, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
Shew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W Shew, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Canada Shew migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Shew U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Australia Shew migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Shew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Shew, (b. 1834), aged 13 who was convicted in Wells, Somerset, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 4th September 1847, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shew (post 1700) +

  • William Shew (1820-1903), early American portrait photographer who used the Daguerrotype process
  • Robert "Bobby" Shew (b. 1941), American jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player
  • Nancy E. Shew, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2000 [5]
  • John Shew, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Dublin, 1874 [5]
  • Jacob Shew, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1817-18 [5]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Martin L. Shew, American Machinist's Mate Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [6]


The Shew 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.


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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