Shaw

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shaw
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  1. A thicket; a small wood or grove.(Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot)"Gaillard he was as goldfinch in the shaw." [Chaucer.]"The green shaws, the merry green woods." [Howitt.]
  2. pl.The leaves and tops of vegetables, as of potatoes, turnips, etc.(Scot)

Etymology: OE. schawe schaȝe, thicket, grove, AS. scaga; akin to Dan. skov, Sw. skog, Icel. skōgr

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. British playwright (born in Ireland); founder of the Fabian Society (1856-1950)
  2. United States physician and suffragist (1847-1919)
  3. United States humorist who wrote about rural life (1818-1885)
  4. United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)
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  1. An English topographic surname for someone who lived by a small wood or copse.
  2. A place name, including:
    1. a town in Oldham borough, Greater Manchester, England, full name Shaw and Crompton.
    2. a village near Newbury, Berkshire, England.
    3. a village near Melksham, Wiltshire, England.
    4. an unincorporated community in Neosho County, Kansas, USA.
    5. a small city in Mississippi, USA.
    6. a neighbourhood in Washington, D.C.
    7. a neighbourhood in St. Louis, Missouri.

Notable Persons Named Shaw

Shaw is a pop music and pop rock singer, model, actress, singing, model (people), and actor. She plays Guitar and Vocals. Shaw was given the name Leslie Ann Shaw Thays on February 27th, 1989 in Lima. Shaw is also known as Shaw.

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Shaw Taylor was an actor and television presenter. He was most active from 1950 to 2015. Shaw was given the name Eric Stanley Taylor on October 26th, 1924 in Hackney, London, England. He left this life on March 17th, 2015.

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Shaw Clifton is an 18th General of The Salvation Army. Shaw was born on September 21st, 1945 in Belfast.

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Shaw Kgathi is a Minister of Defence, Justice, Security, Member of Parliament for, Bobonong, and Member of Parliamentfor. Shaw was born on October 18th, 1961 in Bobonong, Bechuanaland.

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Shaw was born on October 11th, 1921 in Chicago.

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Shaw was born on February 4th, 1922. He breathed his last breath on March 9th, 2013.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shaw

Bernard Shaw was a writer. Bernard was born on July 26th, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland, UK. He breathed his last breath on November 2nd, 1950.

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Brian Shaw is a strongman (strength athlete) and strongman. Brian was born Brian Shaw on February 26th, 1982 in United States.

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Robert Shaw was an actor and novelist. He was most active from 1951 to 1978. Robert was given the name Robert Archibald Shaw on August 9th, 1927 in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England. He died on August 28th, 1978.

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Vinessa Shaw is an actress, model, and model (people). She was most prominent from 1981 to present. Vinessa was given the name Vinessa Elizabeth Shaw by her parent Susan Damante in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Robert Gould Shaw is a military person. His military service ended in 1863.

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Sebastian Hiram Shaw is a comics character.

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How popular is the baby name Shaw in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1914 6 0 6
1920 5 0 5
1922 7 0 7
1939 5 0 5
1954 5 0 5
1958 5 0 5
1959 6 0 6
1960 8 0 8
1962 5 0 5
1963 5 0 5
1964 6 0 6
1965 8 0 8
1966 8 0 8
1967 8 0 8
1968 10 0 10
1969 18 5 13
1970 18 0 18
1971 21 5 16
1972 20 0 20
1973 23 5 18
1974 38 5 33
1975 23 0 23
1976 18 0 18
1977 12 0 12
1978 22 0 22
1979 20 0 20
1980 10 0 10
1981 19 0 19
1982 18 0 18
1983 19 0 19
1984 9 0 9
1985 21 0 21
1986 25 0 25
1987 23 0 23
1988 15 0 15
1989 19 0 19
1990 19 0 19
1991 13 0 13
1992 23 0 23
1993 18 0 18
1994 18 0 18
1995 19 0 19
1996 18 0 18
1997 24 0 24
1998 20 0 20
1999 14 0 14
2000 22 0 22
2001 25 0 25
2002 23 0 23
2003 13 0 13
2004 15 0 15
2005 20 6 14
2006 31 0 31
2007 25 0 25
2008 19 0 19
2009 18 0 18
2010 15 0 15
2011 25 0 25
2012 36 0 36
2013 29 0 29
2014 34 9 25
2015 31 0 31
2016 39 6 33
2017 28 0 28

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Popularity of Shaw as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shaw U.S.
  White 72.07% 64.26%
  African American 21.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.75% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.36% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shaw

People with the last name Shaw are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Shaw

  • How Popular is the name Shaw? Shaw is the 9,693rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Shaw was the 164th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shaw have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,142 babies born with the first name Shaw in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shaw to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shaw? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Shaw first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shaw is Friday, November 27th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Shaw born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shaw was in 2012 with a total of 36 babies.
  • Random Shaw Factoid: According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shaw is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2006.
  • Weird things about the name Shaw: Your name in reverse order is Wahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Shaw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shaw? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 160,400 people with the last name Shaw.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shaw? Shaw was ranked as the 164th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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