The surname Shay is of English or Scottish origin.It was a topographical name for someone who lived by a copse or thicket,derived from the Old English ‘sceaga’ (Old Norse ‘skogr’),denoting a dweller by the woods.The name thus signifies ‘dweller by the wood or grove’.It could also be a habitational name from any of the minor places so named with this word.In the Lowlands of Scotland the name Shaw is of territorial origin from different places so named,the most common being Kirkcudbrightshire,Ayrshire,around Greenock in Renfrewshire,and in Stirlingshire;from were people of Scottish descent derive the name.The Scots and Irish have used the name as an anglicization of the Gaelic personal name ‘Sithech’,which signifies the ‘son of the wolf’.The Irish writer George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin,of Protestant family established in Ireland by William Shaw,a captain in William III’s army,who went there in 1689.The name was brought to America by English and Scottish immigrants.The name was first brought to America by a John Shaw,fo… Coat of arms: Argent…
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