Shewmake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When Shewmake was first used as a surname among the ancient Scottish people, it was a name for a person who shared some of the qualities attributed to a wolf. Shewmake is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Shewmake is derived from the Gaelic first name Sithech, which means wolf.

Early Origins of the Shewmake family

The surname Shewmake 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 the family appears to have been firmly entrenched in the Eastern coastal regions well before 1000 AD.

While some claim that the Clan originally descended from a MacDuff, one of the ancient Earls of Fife, the first official mention in documents shows them to be present at the General Council held by King Malcolm at Forfar in 1061.

However, this ancient leadership was challenged by many other Clans Commyns (Cummings) who had leased the Shaw lands of Rothiemurchus.

Early History of the Shewmake family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shewmake research. Another 369 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1226, 1405, 1411, 1527, 1550, 1602, 1608, 1672, 1776, 1832, 1692, 1751, 1774, 1849, 1804, 1826, 1799, 1876, 1625 and are included under the topic Early Shewmake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shewmake Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Shewmake has been spelled Shaw, Shawe, Mac Ghille-Sheathanaich (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the Shewmake family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Robert Shaw (died 1527), Scottish cluniac monk and prelate; William Schawe (1550-1602), Scottish architect, probably a younger son of Schaw of Sauchie; John Shawe or Shaw (1608-1672), an English puritan minister from Yorkshire...
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Ireland Migration of the Shewmake family to Ireland

Some of the Shewmake family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Shewmake family

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Shewmake: Anne Shaw settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Richard and William; Donald Shaw settled in Virginia in 1716; Ewen Shaw settled in South Carolina in 1716.

Contemporary Notables of the name Shewmake (post 1700) +

  • Rex N. Shewmake, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Baxter Springs, Kansas, 1959-72 (acting, 1959) [1]
  • John Troup Shewmake (1828-1898), American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1861, 1879; Representative from Georgia in the Confederate Congress, 1864-65 [1]

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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