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