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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.

Shewmake Early Origins



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.

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Shewmake Spelling Variations


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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.

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Shewmake Early History


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Shewmake Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shewmake research. Another 424 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1226, 1405, 1411, 1527, 1608, 1672, 1692, 1751, 1774, 1776, 1799, 1804, 1826, 1832, 1849, and 1876 are included under the topic Early Shewmake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shewmake Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shewmake Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Shewmake In Ireland


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Shewmake In Ireland



Some of the Shewmake family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 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



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shewmake (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shewmake (post 1700)



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

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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    The Shewmake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shewmake 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 10 November 2015 at 10:35.

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