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The SHAW surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 155,172 150 0.058 575
United States (1880 census) 43,343 102 0.087 867
Change since 1880 +111829 -48 -0.029 -292
Other Countries
Australia 11,722 87 0.072 717
United Kingdom 68,459 56 0.149 1,491
Top States for SHAW by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 12,127 178 0.058 582
California 11,961 234 0.035 353
Florida 9,830 150 0.062 615
New York 7,261 171 0.038 383
Ohio 7,210 120 0.064 635
Top States for SHAW by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 2,301 38 0.180 1,805
South Carolina 3,876 125 0.097 966
Mississippi 2,747 127 0.097 966
New Hampshire 1,022 92 0.083 827
Utah 1,764 98 0.079 790


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called SHAW live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called SHAW represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called SHAW in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a SHAW by picking someone at random in Maine than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of SHAW

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the SHAW surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the SHAW surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of SHAW in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 115,867 74.67
Black/African American 31,391 20.23
Mixed Race 2,560 1.65
White (Hispanic) 2,297 1.48
Asian/Pacific 1,924 1.24
Native American/Alaskan 1,133 0.73

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the SHAW surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of SHAW in historical publications

B° SHAW. Very common ijer sc, and also as a termination. It means a small wood, from A-Sax. scua, a shade, a place shadowed or sheltered by trees.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

(origin: Scotch.) A lawn, a plain surrounded by trees, or an open space between woods.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to SHAW

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as SHAW.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for SHAW

The following words are slight variants of SHAW that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.