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Maw Family History

Maw Name Meaning

name for someone who was related to an important local personality, from Middle English maugh, maw ‘relative’, especially by marriage (from Old English mage ‘female relative’). In the north of England this term was used more specifically to mean ‘brother-in-law’. topographic name from Middle English mawe ‘meadow’. Some early forms, such as Sibilla de la Mawe (Suffolk 1275), clearly indicate a topographic origin, by reason of the preposition and article. probably also from a Middle English personal name, Mawe, Old English Meawa, perhaps originally a byname from Old English m?w ‘sea mew’, ‘seagull’ (compare Mew).

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


Similar surnames: May, Mew, Haw, Mar, Law, Raw, Bow, Man, Daw, Mak

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Where is the Maw family from?

You can see how Maw families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Maw family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Maw families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 121 Maw families living in Ontario. This was about 69% of all the recorded Maw's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Maw families in 1911.
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What did your Maw ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Maw. 63% of Maw men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Maw women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Maw were Laborer and Housewife.

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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
    63%
  • Labourer
    14%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Stenographer
    27%
  • Retired
    20%
  • Housewife
    14%
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Census Records

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Maw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Maw 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Maw. 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 Maw. For the veterans among your Maw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Maw lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Maw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Maw in 1951 was 43, and 82 in 2004.

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