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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Eltham Lodge

Eltham Lodge, constructed by Sir John Shaw in 1664
credit: visitheritage.co.uk

1) (Shaw-Lefevre) (Viscount Eversley). Sa. a chev. betw. two trefoils slipped in chief ar. and a bezant in base, therefrom issuant a cross pattée or. Crest—Six arrows interlaced saltirewise, three and three ppr. with an annulet or. Supporters—On either side a talbot that on the dexter gu. on the sinister sa. each charged on the shoulder with a a mace erect gold. Motto—Sans changer.
2) (Eltham, co. Kent, bart.). Ar. a chev. betw. three fusils ermines. Crest—Six arrows interlaced saltirewise or, flighted and headed ar. tied together by a belt gu. buckle and pendant gold. Motto—Vincit qui patitur.
3) (Heath Chamock, co. Lancaster, 1664). Ar. a chev. ermines, a crescent for diff. Crest—A falcon volant ppr.
4) (Preston, co. Lancaster, 1664). (Hey Side, co. Lancaster, 1664). Ar. a chev. ermines, a canton gu. Crest—A falcon volant ppr.
5) (Bullhaghe, co. Lancaster, 1664). Ar. a chev. ermines. Crest—A falcon volant ppr.
6) (Shaw Place, co. Lancaster, 1664). Ar. a chev. ermines.
7) (Woodhouse, co. Stafford). Or. a chev. invecked pean betw. three eagles displ. sa. Crest—A hind’s head quarterly ar. and or, pierced through the neck with an arrow headed az. the feather broken and dropping gold.
8) (Ardesley, co. York; granted 4 Dec. 1707). Ar. a chev. ermines, on a canton gu. a talbot's head erased or. Crest—A talbot pass. ermines, eared ar. Another Crest—A talbot statant sa.
9) (Bristol; confirmed 1602). Ar. a chev. betw. three fusils ermines, a chief gu.
10) (Colchester, co. Essex, and London, 1586). Or, a chev. wavy betw. three eagles displ. sa. Crest—A hind’s head or, pierced through with an arrow gold, headed and feathered ar.
11) (London). Erm. two chev. betw. three mascles sa. Crest—An arrow erect or, feathered and headed ar. passing through a mascle sa.
12) (Norton House, Denby, co. Pembroke). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, az. three mullets in fess betw. as many covered cups ar., for Shaw; 2nd, gu. a chev. ar. betw. three swans close ppr., for Lyte; 3rd, ar. a bunch of grapes ppr. Crest—On a buglehorn lying fessways a swan, wings elevated ppr. Motto—Laetitia et spe immortalitatis.
13) (Sheriff of London, 1874-5). Gu. a cross double parted and fretty ar. betw. in the 1st and 4th quarters a dagger (as in the arms of the city of London, surrounded by a double chain gold, to mark his descent from Sir James Shaw, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1803); in the 2nd and 3rd quarters a tower ar. Crest—A demi savage with a club ppr.

Arrowe Hall

Arrowe Hall
wiki: Rodhullandemu, SA4.0

14) (Arrowe Park, co. Chester). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. two chevronels betw. three lozenges ermines, for Shaw; 2nd and 3rd, az. two bars erm. in chief three suns or, for Nicholson. Crests—A dove bendy sinister of six ar. and sa. in the beak an olive branch ppr. the dexter leg resting on a lozenge, for Shaw; Out of a ducal coronet gu. a lion's head erm., for Nicholson. Motto—Per castra ad astra.
15) (Loveland, co. Chester, and Dublin; Fun. Ent. Ulster's Office, 1661, Anne, wife of Captain William Shaw, of Dublin, who was son of Richard Shaw, Esq., of Loveland). Ar. a chev. betw. three lozenges ermines.
16) (Shawhall, co. York, and co. Galway; descended from Richard Shaw, Esq., of Shawhall; temp. Edward II.; arms from an ancient pedigree on parchment, the property of Colonel Henry Shaw, 11th Regt., who left two daus., Anne and Sydney, his co-heirs, and registered by Betham, Ulster, 1819). Ar. a chev. betw. three lozenges ermines, quartering 1st, Woolston; 2nd, Bulhalgh; 3rd, Brodhurst; 4th, Bradshaw; 5th, Haydock; 6th, Parr; 7th, Bannester; 8th, Whalley; 9th, Revington; 10th, Astley.
17) (Terenure Manor, co. Dublin, bart.) Or, on a chev. engr. betw. three eagles displ. sa. as many trefoils slipped of the field. Crest—A hind’s head couped az. the neck transpierced by an arrow in bend or, flighted ar. Motto—Te ipsum nosce.
18) (Alexander-Shaw, Caledon, co. Tyrone; exemplified to William John Alexander, Esq., of Caledon, on his assuming, by royal licence, 1846, the additional surname and arms of Shaw, in compliance with the will of William Alexander Shaw, Esq., of Great Denmark Street, Dublin). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, az. three covered cups, or, for Shaw; 2nd and 3rd, per pale ar. and sa. a chev. and in base a crescent counterchanged, on a canton az. a harp or, stringed of the first, for Alexander. Crests—1st: A phoenix ar. in flames ppr.; 2nd: An arm embowed in armour grasping a straight sword all ppr. hilt and pommel or. Motto—Vincit amor patriae.
19) Ar. a chev. betw. ten crosses crosslet gu. Crest—A griffin's head erased erm. collared, lined, and ringed or.
20) Ar. a chev. wavy betw. three eagles displ. sa. Crest—A hind's head couped ppr. with an arrow through the neck or.
21) (Sauchie, co. Renfrew, afterwards Greenock, bart.; heiress m. Sir John Houston, of that Ilk). Az. three covered cups or. Crest—A demi savage ppr. Supporters— Two savages wreathed head and middle with laurel ppr. Motto—I mean well.
22) (Bargarran, co. Renfrew). Az. a fess chequy ar. and gu. betw. three covered cups or.
23) (Sornbeg, co. Ayr). Az. three mullets in fess betw. as many covered cups ar. Crest—A hand holding up a covered cup ppr. Motto—I mean well.
24) (Kilmarnock, co. Ayr, bart., 1809, extinct 1868). Az. three covered cups, two and one or, on a chief ar. a merchant’s ship under sail ppr. a canton gu. charged with the mace of the city of London, surmounted by a sword in saltire also ppr. pommel and hilt of the second. Crest—A demi savage affrontee, wreathed about the head and waist ppr. in the dexter hand a key or, the sinister resting on a club reversed also ppr. Supporters—Dexter, a savage wreathed about the head and waist with laurel, his exterior hand resting on a club all ppr. (emblematical of Fortitude) the sinister hand presenting an escroll, thereon inscribed, “The King’s warrant of precedence;” sinister, an emblematical figure of the city of London, the dexter arm supporting the shield, the sinister extended to receive the escroll presented by the other supporter. Motto—I mean well.
25) (Elmwood, co. Lanark, 1871). Az. on a chev. ar. betw. three covered cups or, as many crosses moline round pierced gu. Crest—A dexter hand ppr. holding a covered cup or. Motto—Bene denoto.
26) (Londonderry; confirmed, 1834, to Rev. James Shaw, Prebendary of Mullabrack and Rector of Drumcar, Diocese of Armagh, eldest son of Rev. Matthew James Shaw, of Leeson Park, Dublin, Vicar of Kilmactranny, diocese of Elphin, and grandson of Matthew Shaw, of Londonderry, who was of Scottish ancestry, and to the other descendants of his said grandfather). Az. three covered cups or, on a chief erm. as many crosses patee gu. Crest—A pelican in her piety ppr. charged with a covered cup gu. Motto—I die for those I love.

Kesgrave Hall

Kesgrave Hall, 1907

27) (Weddington Hall, Nuneaton, co. Warwick; representing Shawe, of Kesgrave Hall, co. Suffolk, William Cunlifie Shawe, Esq., of Singleton Lodge, co. Lancaster, m. 1st, Dorothy, dau. of Richard Whitehead, by whom he had a son, Robert Newton Shawe, of Kesgrave Hall, who d. s. p. He w. 2ndly, Philippa, dau. of Charles Pole, of Southgate, and d. 1821. His eldest son by his 2nd wife, Samuel Pole Shaw, Esq., became heir of the.family on the death of his half-brother in 1855, and d. 1862, leaving a son, Henry Cunliffe Shawe, Esq., ot Weddington Hall, representative of the family). Ar. a chev. ermines a canton gu., quartering Wingfield. Crest— A falcon volant ar.
28) (Kesgrave Hall, co. Suffolk; Rohert Newton Shawe, Esq., of Kesgrave, M.P. co. Suffolk, was son of William Cunliffe Shawe, Esq., of Singleton Lodge, co. Lancaster, and Southgate House, co. Middlesex, M.P. for Preston, and great-grandson of Joseph Shawe, of Liverpool, merchant, by Dorothy, his wife, eldest dau. and co-heiress of John Wingfield, Esq., of Hasleborough Hall, co. Derby). Ar. a chev. eim. a canton gu., quartering Winfield. Crest—A falcon volant ar.
29) (Church Coppenhall, co. Chester. The direct line of this family ended with William Le Shaw, timp. Henry IV., who left two daus. and co-heirs, one of whom, Johanna, m. Francis Fullenhurst). Ar. a chev. betw. three lozenges ermines.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Shaw Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Shaw Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
This is a topographic/habitational last name meaning “at the shaw”, denoting a person who resides in or near a shaw, which is a term meaning a small wooded area or an open plain surrounded by trees. It is primarily a Scottish surname. Technically speaking, it is also a locational name denoting a person who was from a various towns and villages throughout England bearing the name Shaw (ex. Shaghe in Lancashire, Shaw in Berkshire, etc.). The term derives from the Norse word skogr or Swedish word skog, meaning a wood, or from the Anglo-Saxon word scua, a shade or a place shadowed or sheltered by trees, or from the Old English sceaga and Middle Engluish schage or schawe. One source also asserts that in its Irish and Scottish form, the name derives from various Gaelic last names that originate from the ancient personal (first) name Sitheac, meaning “wolf”, used by the clans of Pictish clans in ancient Scotland.

There were two distinct lines in Scotland, the Lowland Shaws and the Northern Shaws, each of which have distinct origins, the later of which is a branch of the Clan MacIntosh. It may also be a variant of O’Shea in Ireland. The English branch of the family established itself in Ireland in the seventeenth century.

In Scotland, the family was first found in Perthshire and became established on the eastern coast prior to the eleventh century AD. Some historians claim the family descends from the MacDuffs, whereas other genealogists believe they were present at the General Council held by King Malcom at Forfar in 1061 AD.

Spelling Variations
Common spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Shawe and Schaw. The name is also contained within several other surnames (ex. Bradshaw, Hinshaw, Ramshaw, Crenshaw, etc.). Similar foreign names include Schau (Danish), Schouw/Schowe (Dutch), and Schaugh (Flemish).

Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Shaw ranks 150th in popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following twelve states: Maine, Utah, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Montana.

Wilkinson Jocelyn Shaw

Lt-Col. Wilkinson Jocelyn Shaw, 1834-1911

The surname Shaw frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (141st), Scotland (91st), Wales (136th), Ireland (525th) and Northern Ireland (173rd). In England, it ranks highest in counties Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Yorkshire. In Scotland, the surname ranks highest in Invernessshire. In Wales, it ranks highest in counties Caernarfornshire and Denbighshire. In Ireland, it ranks highest in county Westmeath. In Northern Ireland, it ranks highest in Down and Antrim.

The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world:  Canada (127th), New Zealand (62nd), Australia (93rd), and South Africa (491st).

The 1890 book Homes of Family Names by H.B. Guppy, states the following in regard to this surname: The great home of this name is in the West Riding, Cheshire, and Lancashire, and in the neighbouring northern midland counties of Derby, Stafford, and Notts. It is rare or absent in the south of England, excepting Sussex, and is similarly infrequent in the eastern coast counties south of the Wash. "Shaw" in Anglo - Saxon signified a small wood. In counties where the surname is numerous, as in Lancashire and Yorkshire, the name is attached to places. The Shaws are fairly represented in Scotland, but not in the northern part”.

Early Bearers of the Surname
The earliest known bearer of this surname was Simon de Schage who was documented in the Berkshire Pipe Rolls of 1191 AD. Other early bearers include Richard de la Schawe (Worcester 1275 AD, John ate Shaw (Essex 1295 AD), and William Bithe Shaghe (Somerset 1333 AD). John atte Schaghe was recorded in county Somerset in the year1327 AD in Kirby’s Quest. John atte Schawe was listed in the Rolls of Parliament. The Poll Tax of Yorkshire in 1379 AD lists four bearers of this last name: Johannes del Schagh, Radulph del Schagh, Alicia Shaghe, and Robertus del Schaghe. John de Schau witnessed the resignation of the lands of Aldhus, Scotland to the monks of Paisley in 1284 AD. In 1294 AD, William de Schaw witnessed a confirmation charter by James the Seneschal of Scotland to the church of Paisley. Symon del Schawe, Fergus del Shawe, and William de Shawe, all three designated "of the county of Lanark," rendered homage in 1296 AD. John de Schawe was a burgess of Dundee in 1331 AD. An early baptism involving this name was Anthonie, son of Anthonie Shawe, at St. James Clerkenwell, London in 1608 AD.

Shaw Family Tree & Shaw Genealogy

John Ralph Shaw

John Ralph Shaw (1811–1884)
credit: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

Shaw of Arrowe Park
The Shaw genealogy of this line begins with Orho Nicholson, who built Carfazx and the Library of Christ Church, Oxon, descended from the Nicholsons of Heaton Norris.  Several generations later came William Nicholson, an Esquire of Chadkirk and Springfield House who was a Major of the 2nd Lancashire Militia. In 1802, he married Hannah, daughter of Samuel Shaw, and had issue with her named William, John, Ralph, Cristopher, and Hannah Catherine.  His son John assumed name Shaw in 1837 per the will of his maternal great-uncle, John Shaw of Liverpool. John Ralph Shaw was an Esquire of Arrowe Park, county Chester, England who was born in 1811. He was a Justice of the Peace, High Sheriff (1864), and Captain in the 1st Royal Lancashire Militia. In 1837, he married Fanny Harriet, daughter of Reverend William Cruttenden, and he fathered nine children with her as follows: William Otho Nicholson (Justice of Peace for Chester), John Arthur MacDougall (1851), Herbert Jocelyn Cruttenden (1856), Duncan Alfred Michael Legh (1857), Fanny Dorothea Nicholson, Florence Alice Stewart (married Captain H.H. Rawson of the Royal Navy), Annie Elizabeth Nicholson (married Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Hosken France Hayhurst of Davenham Hall), Mary Christine Nicholson, and Edith Hannah Nicholson. The Shaw Coat of Arms (erroneously called the Shaw Family Crest) is blazoned in heraldry as follows: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, argent, two chevronels between three lozenges ermines, for Shaw; 2nd and 3rd, azure, two bars ermine in chief three suns or, for Nicholson. Crests: 1st, Shaw, A dove bendy sinister of six argent and sable in the beak an olive branch proper the dexter leg resting on a lozenge; 2nd, Nicholson, Out of a ducal coronet gules a lion’s head ermine. Motto: Per castra ad astra.

Bushby Park

Bushby Park

Shaw of Bushy Park
The ancestry of this branch of the Shaw family tree traces back to William Shaw, who was born in Hampshire around 1651 AD, a man of Scottish descent that was a Captain in Sir Henry Ponsonby’s Regiment. He married a woman named Elizabeth and had four sons and one daughter with her. His eldest son was Richard Shaw of Ballinderry, county Tipperary, who was born in 1673 and in 1696 married Judith, daughter of Edward Briscowe of Timakilly, having six sons and three daughters with her. His eldest son was Robert Shaw of Sandpitts, born in 1698. In 1736, he married Mary, daughter of Bernard Markham of Fanningstown, and he died in 1758, leaving behind numerous issue, including William (married Ms. English and had issue with her named Robert, John, and Bernard), Thomas (of Clonmel, married Susanna, had issue), Robert, Rebecca (married William Briscoe). His son Robert was of Dublin and was a prominent merchant in said city. He married Mary Higgins and had issue with her as follows: Sir Robert (1st Baronet), Bernard (Collector of Cork, married Jane, daughter of Michael Westrop, had issue named Robert, Eyre, and others), Ponsonby (a banker in Dublin who married Alice Eade), Thomas (Captain of the 25th Light Dragoons), John (married Harriet Eade), Mary (married John Cathcart), and Charlotte (married Air William McMahon). He later married Priscilla Cecilia, daughter of Colonel Armitage of Ross, and had four issue with her: George (married Maria Chipendall), Lees (married Caroline Chipendall), Caroline (married Sir James Caleb Anderson), and Sylvia (married Mons Viennpt, an officer in the French Army). He died in 1796 and his son and heir was Robert. Sir Robert Shaw, 1st Baronet, was of the Dublin Militia and a Member of Parliament for Dublin, and was born in 1774. He was created a Baronet in 1821. He married Maria, daughter and heiress of Abraham Wilkinson of Bushy Park, and had two daughters and five sons with her. His sons were named Sir Robert (2nd Baronet), Sir Frederick (3rd Baronet), Beresford William (member of the 5th Regiment and a Major in the Dublin Milita), George Augustus (in Holy Orders), and Charles (married Mary Barton of Grove and had issue with her). He died in 1834 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Robert Shaw, 2nd Baronet. Several generations later came Sir Robert de Vere Shaw, 6th Baronet, of Bushy Park in county Dublin, Ireland was born in 1890 and was educated at Harrow and was a Lieutenant Colonel who served in World War I and II. He succeeded his father in 1927. In 1923, he married Dorothy Joan, daughter of Thomas Cross of Insetton House, Bellbroughton, and fathered two children with her: Robert (Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, born 1925) and John Frederick de Vere (born 1930). He was the son of Sir Frederick William Shaw, the 5th Baronet. The Shaw Arms (erroneously called the Shaw Family Shield) is blazoned in the European art of heraldry as follows: Or, on a chevron, engrailed, between three eagles displayed, sable, as many trefoils, slipped of the field. Crest: A hind’s head couped azure, the neck transpierced by an arrow, in bend, or, flighted argent.  They were seated at Bushby Park, Terenure, county Dublin. They resided at Bodoni, Kona, Kenya Colony.

Sir Robert Shaw

Sir Robert Shaw, Baronet (1774-1849), merchant & MP for Bannow
credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Frederick Shaw

Sir Frederick Shaw, 3rd Baronet (1799-1876)

Sir John Shaw

Sir John Shaw, Baronet, nephew of Sir James Shaw (1764–1843)
credit: East Ayrshire Council

Shaw of Eltham
The Shaw ancestry of this branch of the Shaw family tree begins with William Shaw, who lived around 1443, and married Elizabeth, daughter of the Starkie family of Stretton, and had issue with her, including a son named Randal. Randal was of Haslington, Chester and he married Margery, daughter of Vernon, and had issue with her. His son was Roger, who married Alice, daughter of John Walker of Leigh Green. His son was Robert Shaw of Haslington and he married Alice, daughter of Humphrey Perrot and had issue with her. His son was Robert Shaw of Burgh of Southwark, Surrey, England who lived in 1633. He married Elizabeth, daughter of John Domilawe of Mincing Lane, London, and he had three daughters and three sons with her. His second son was Sir John Shaw, 1st Baronet, of London who was a Member of Parliament for Lyme. He was created a Baronet in 1665. In 1660, he married Sarah, daughter of Joseph Ashe, and had issue with her: Sir John (2nd Baronet), Charles (the godson of King Charles II of England, married Elizabeth, daughter of Philip Harbord of Besthorpe), and Elizabeth (married King Gould). Sir John Shaw, 2nd Baronet, married Margery, daughter and heiress of Sir John Peak, and had issue with her as follows: John (3rd Baronet), William, Sarah (married William Smith), and Elizabeth (married Stephen, son of Sir Abel Ram). He later married Sarah, daughter and co-heir of William Paggen of London, and had three sons and six daughters with her. Several generations down the Shaw genealogy came Sir John James Kenward Shaw, 9th Baronet, of Eltham, county Kent, England who was born in 1895 and was a Commander in the Royal Navy who served in both World Wars. He succeeded his father in 1922. In 1921, he married Elizabeth Mary Theodora, daughter of Sir Robert Heywood Hughes, and had issue with her as follows:  John Michel Robert (Captain of the Q.O. Royal W. Kent Regiment, served in WW2), Charles John Hughes,  Stephen Bosanquet, Mary Elizabeth Helen (married Captain Patrick Henry Coates), Julia Alymer (served in WW2), Hermione Theodora, and Martha Mary.  The Shaw Coat of Arms (sometimes mistakenly called the Shaw Family Crest or Shield) has the following heraldic blazon: Argent, a chevron between three fusils, ermines. Crest: Six arrows interlaced saltirewise or, flighted headed, tied together by a belt gules, buckle and pendant, gold. Motto: Vincit qui patitur. They resided at The White House, Fawkham, near Dartford, Kent, England.

Sir John Shaw

Sir John Shaw, Baronet, nephew of Sir James Shaw (1764–1843)
credit: East Ayrshire Council

Sir John Charles Kenward Shaw

Sir John Charles Kenward Shaw, 7th Baronet (1829-1909), Landowner and Justice of the Peace
credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Other Shaw Pedigree & Family Trees
Unk de Shawe was born in Scotland in 1280 AD. He had a son, also named Unk, who was born in Greenock, Stirlingshire in 1323 AD. He in turn had a son named Alexander Shaw (or de Shaw) who was born in the same town around 1349. He is turn had a son named James who was born in Greenock, Scotland around 1374. James married Mary De Annandio and had two issue with her: James Sauchie Shaw and Helen (Houston). His son Sir James Sauchie de Shawe was born in Clackmannanshire, Scotland around 1412. He was the Comptroller of the Royal Household of King James III, and he married twice: to Christian Bruce and Isabel Ross.  His son John was born in Sauchie. He died in 1500 leaving a son named James. This Sir James Shaw was born before 1490 and he married Alison Home, with whom he had two sons: Alexander and John. His son Sir Alexander married Elizabeth Cunningham and he had four issue with her: James, John, Patrick, and Elizabeth. His son Sir James Shaw was born in Sauchie around 1520. He married Marjory Kirkcaldy and had three issue with her: James, John, and Elizabeth. His son James was born in Sauchie around 1516 and he married Eupham and later Margaret Meldrum, having fathered three children: Majorie, Alexander, and Katherine. His son Sir Alexander Shaw was born around 1590 and he married Helen Bruce, having issue with her as follows: Helen, James, Robert, William, Mary, George, and William.

James Shaw was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England around 1470 AD. He married Christina Bruce and was the father of James Shaw of Northowram.

Early American and New World Settlers
Joseph Shaw, age 21, came to Virginia aboard the Plaine Joan in May 1635.
John Shawe, age 30, came to Virginia aboard the Phillip in June 1635.
Sara Shawe, age 18, came to Virginia aboard the Phillip in June 1635.
John Shawe, age 16, came to Virginia aboard the America in June 1635.
Anne Shawe, age 32, came to Virginia aboard the Assurance in July 1635.
William Shawe, age 25, came to Virginia aboard the Primrose in July 1635.
Abram Shawe, age 20, came to the Barbados aboard the Falcon in December 1635.
Annis Shaw came to Virginia aboard the Southampton in 1623, under the Muster of Abraham Peirsey Marchannt.
Thomas Shaw was a member of the governing council and assembly in the Sommer Islands in August 1673.

Other settlers in colonial America bearing this surname include Nicholas Shaw (Virginia 1618), , Abraham Shaw (Massachusetts 1637), Roger Shaw (Massachusetts 1636), Elizabeth Shaw (Virginia 1701),Ewen Shaw (South Carolina 1716), Angus Shaw (Virginia 1716), and Donald Shaw (South Carolina 1716).

In Canada, some of the earliest bearers of this last name were John, Thomas, and Sarah Shaw, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760. In Australia, one of the first bearers was William Shaw, a convict from Middlesex, England who came to New South Wales (then a penal colony) aboard the Asia in 1820. In New Zealand, Elihu Shaw came to the city of Kaipara aboard the Coromandel in 1836.

Early Americans Bearing the Shaw Family Crest
Charles Bolton’s American Armory (1927) contains two entries for this surname:
1) Azure three covered dishes 2 and 1 [or]. Crest: a phoenix rising from flames. Motto: Dum spire spero. Bookplate T. A. Shaw.
2) Or on a chevron sable between three eagles displayed of the second three cinquefoils slipped or. The badge of Ulster. Crest: a fawn's head couped azure wounded by an arrow [or]. Motto: Te ipsum nosce. Bookplate ----- Shaw, N. Y.

Crozier’s General Armory (1904) and Matthew’s American Armoury and Bluebook (1907) do not contain an entry for this last name.

Sir James Shaw

Sir James Shaw (1764-1843), Chamberlain of London
credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

I have identified 13 Shaw family mottos:
1) Sans changer (Without changing)
2) Laetitia et spe immortalitatis (With joy and hope of immortality)
3) Per castra ad astra (Through hardships to the stars)
4) Te ipsum nosce (Know thyself) (Shaw of Dublin)
5) Vincit amor patriae (He conquers who endures)
6) I mean well
7)  Bene denoto (Well denote (?) )
8) I die for those I love
9) Au fait (In fact)
10) Aut mors aut rita decora (Either death or honourable life)
11) Mens immota (A constant mind)
12) Spero meliora (I hope for better things)
13) Dum spire spero (While I breathe, I hope)

We have 29 coats of arms for the Shaw surname depicted here. These 29 blazons are from Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848. The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it. People with this last name that bore an Shaw Coat of Arms (or mistakenly called the Shaw Family Crest)
1) Edward Shaw, Proctor, Court of Arches, 21 June 1698
2) Robert Shaw of Ardesley, county York, son of Robert, served in the Duke of Northumberand’s Royal Regiment of Horse, 4 December 1707
3) Thomas Shaw, son of Thomas, Coventry and Coundon, county Warwick, 1781
4) Shaw, late Nicholson, John Ralph, of Arrow Hall, co. Chester, 1837
5) Shaw, of Winterdyne, Ribbesford, co. Worc., 1867
6) Bentley, of county York and Woodfield House, Scotswood 1874, arms for wife, Jane Elizabeth, only daughter of John Lancaster, 1874
7) Shaw-Yates, Ernest Bentley, of Oakwood House, county York, 1865
8) George Shaw, son of Seth, of Stamfordham, county Northumberland, and Fairleigh, Thames Ditton, county, Surrey, 1879
9) Shaw, no Hellier, Reverend Thomas, of Woodhouse, county Stafford, Quarterly Arms, 13 July 1786
10) of Coseby, county Stafford, Quarterly Arms, 1786
11) Shaw before Lefevre, Charles, of Lincoln’s Inn, London 1789
12) Charles Shaw Lefevre, Viscount Eversley, 11 April 1857
13) Shaw, of Gower Street, Lonon, 1794
14) Sir James Shaw, Member of Parliament, Lord Mayor of London, 1806
15) Shaw, late Macfie, John, nephew of the Lord Mayor of London, 1807
16) Shawe, before Brooke, Reverend John K., of county Kent, Quarterly Arms, with Kennard, 1797
17) Shawe to Shawe-Storey, Laurence, P., of Arcot, Cramlington, county Northumberland, Captain, Bengal Marines,  1873.

Anna Howard Shaw

Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette

There are hundreds of notable people with the Shaw surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) who was an Irish playwright and critic who was very influential in his contributions to Western theatre, politics, and culture, known for works such as Man and Superman, Pygmalion, and Saint Joan, 2) George Clymer Shaw (1866-1960) who was an Brigadier General in the United States Army, born in Pontiac, Michigan, who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Philppine-American War,  and also served in World War I, 3) Aaron Shaw (1811-1887) who was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois who was from Goshen, New York, 4) Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) who was a leader of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, having been born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and was also one of the first ordained female ministers in the US, 5) Artie Shaw 1910-2004), whose birth name was Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, was an American composer, band leader, clarinet player, and actor from New York City who was active during the big band years, 6) William Lewis “Billy” Shaw (1938) was an American college and professional football player from Vicksburg, Mississippi who was played offensive guard for the Buffalo Bills for much of the 1960s, 7) Brewster Hopkinson Shaw Jr. (1945) who was an astronaut and U.S. Air Force Colonel and former Boeing executive from Cass City, MI, 8) Robert Gould Shaw II (1872-1930) was a wealthy landowner and socialist in Boston and Massachusetts who was a prominent figure in the Gilded Age,  9) Caroline Adelaide Shaw (1982) who is a violinist, singer, and composer based in New York who won a Pulitzer Price and was born in Greenville, North Carolina, 10) Esther Popel Shaw (1896-1958) who was a female African-American poet of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as an educator and activist, and 11) Richard Norman (1831-1912) who was a Scottish architect, born in Edinburgh, known for his commercial buildings and country houses.

Wilkinson Jocelyn Shaw

Lt-Col. Wilkinson Jocelyn Shaw, 1834-1911

Terenure House

Terenure House, County Dublin
credit: lordbelmontinnorthernireland.blogspot.com

Shaw Coat of Arms Meaning

The most prevalent heraldic symbol in the Shaw Coat of Arms (mistakenly called the Shaw Family Crest by some) is the chevron ermine.

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield, or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise”, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

Ermine and its variants is a very ancient pattern. It has a long association with royalty and the nobility in general and hence represents “Dignity” wherever it is found. The ermine pattern is white with, typically, a three dots and a dart grouping representing the tail of the furred creature. Ermines is a variant in which the field is sable (black) and the ermine tails argent (white), the inverse of the normal pattern.

The most prevalent tincture (color) is sable (black), which symbolizes or conveys wisdom, prudence, constancy, and grief.

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