When Alva Benoni Shaw was born on 21 August 1896, in Lee Center, Lee, Illinois, United States, his father, Egbert Dewolf Shaw, was 55 and his mother, Magdelena Auchstetter, was 32. He lived in Lee Center Township, Lee, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 1 December 1963, in Lee, Lee, Illinois, United States, at the age of 67.
English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): from Middle English s(c)hawe, s(c)haghe ‘small wood, grove, thicket’ (Old English sceaga). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a small wood, or habitational, for someone from any of the many places so named. Shaw and Shawe are most frequent in Lancashire and Yorkshire, where Shaw in Oldham (Lancashire) may be a principal source of the surname. The English and Lowland Scottish surname was also established in Ireland in the 17th century.
Scottish: shortened form of various surnames from the Gaelic personal name Sitheach, derived from sithech ‘wolf’.
Irish (Down and Antrim): adopted for Ó Síthigh ‘descendant of Sítheach’, a personal name based on sítheach ‘peaceful’. Compare Sheehy .