Thaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Thaw family

The surname Thaw 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 from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

The Tassie variant has a most interesting origin. "The Tassies had long resided in Pollokshaws, and were believed to have come from Italy as refugees, and to have settled in Scotland as tanners and skinners. " [1]

Early History of the Thaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thaw research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1415 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Thaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Thaw Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Taws, Taw, Tawse and others.

Early Notables of the Thaw family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Thaw family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Tawers settled in Maryland in 1704.

Contemporary Notables of the name Thaw (post 1700) +

  • Harry Kendall Thaw (1871-1947), American son of son of the coal and railroad Baron William Thaw
  • William Thaw Sr. (1818-1889), American businessman who made his fortune in transportation and banking
  • William Thaw II (1893-1934), World War I flying ace believed to be the first American to engage in aerial combat in the war
  • Abigail Thaw (b. 1965), British actress, daughter of John Thaw
  • John Edward Thaw CBE (1942-2002), English stage and film actor from Longsight, Manchester, perhaps best known for his leading role as Inspector Morse (1987-1993)
  • Kevin Thaw (b. 1967), British mountaineer
  • Alan Thaw (1926-2007), Australian rules footballer

The Thaw 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: Deo juvante
Motto Translation: By God’s assistance.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook
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