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Gaw Family History

Gaw Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McGaw, which is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Ádhaimh ‘son of Adam’. German: variant (old) spelling of Gau.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Yaw, Daw, Gay, Gaa, Faw, Gau, Gean, Bow, Bar, Graw

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Where is the Gaw family from?

You can see how Gaw families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gaw family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gaw families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 22 Gaw families living in Ontario. This was about 30% of all the recorded Gaw's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gaw families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gaw surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gaw ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Gaw. 50% of Gaw men worked as a Farmer and 46% of Gaw women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gaw were Farmers Son and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    50%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Farmers Son
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    46%
  • Saleslady
    37%
  • Stenographer
    19%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Gaw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gaw census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Gaw. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Gaw. For the veterans among your Gaw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gaw lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Gaw in 1940 was 32, and 70 in 2004.

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