Shaw family crest
Colors on the Shaw family crest explained
Argent (silver) - is a symbol of those with a peaceful and sincere nature, things the Shaw family were known for.
Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Azure (blue) - represents the Shaw family's loyalty and truthful nature.
Sable (black) - symbolizes constancy and the enduring nature of the Shaw family.
Symbols on the Shaw family crest explained
The three eagles - symbolize how Shaw family members are people of action, quick wittedness and a noble nature. When the wings are displayed, this additionally represents those 'protection'.
The Chevron shape - represents the historical Shaw family home, the importance of home for Shaw family members through the years and the safety this provides.
The arrow pierced goat - symbolises wisdom and the successful pursuit of wisdom by Shaw family members.
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Origins of the Shaw family name
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Summary of the Shaw family and the Shaw family crest
- The first recorded use of the name (in English) was in the 12th century, when a man named Walter Shaw was recorded in County Mayo, Ireland and a similar time in England.
- However, the Gaelic version of the name is believed to have existed for many centuries before this.
- In Ireland, the Shaw family were originally a clan of the O'Neill dynasty.
- The Shaw name is associated with the town of Shaw in Lancashire, England.
- The name is believed to have been brought to England by the Normans.
- The first recorded use of the Shaw surname dates back to 1166 in England and originally came from the county of Lancashire.
- The Shaw family is one of the oldest and most respected families in England.
- The Shaw family name in America can be traced back to the early 1600s, when a man named William Shaw arrived in Massachusetts from England.
- William Shaw arrived in Massachusetts in 1632. The Shaw family was one of the first families to settle in the New England colonies.
- The Shaw family quickly spread throughout the United States based on a strong work ethic and reputation for reliability.
- Today, all Shaw family members can still trace their ancestry back to ancient Ireland and middle age England.
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