When George William Shaw was born on 1 July 1871, in Cassville, Barry, Missouri, United States, his father, John Albert Shaw, was 22 and his mother, Mary Adeline Jarrett, was 17. He married Clara Gandy on 8 December 1889, in Cherokee, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Otoe Township, Pawnee, Oklahoma, United States in 1910 and Auburn Township, Noble, Oklahoma, United States in 1920. He died on 29 August 1952, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 81.
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 .