Shaw An English surname from Shaw ‘dweller by the wood’, from the Old English sceaga. A Scottish Lowland surname of territorial origin. Mac Sithech a branch of the Clan Chattan of Aberdeenshire from sithech (son of) the wolf. In 1890 Shaw was principally found in Antrim, Down and Dublin, and the estimated number of bearers was 3,580. In the United States it is the 144th most numerous surname with an estimated 178,750 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 59th most numerous surname. In Scotland in 1995 it was the 85th most numerous surname.
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