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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage English

Meaning & History

Perhaps from a medieval nickname for a man who had had sexual relations with a woman of higher social class (from shag "to copulate with" (not recorded before the late 17th century) and lady).

Source: John Ayto's 'Encyclopedia of Surnames' (2007)
Added 10/21/2011 by anonymous
Edited 10/9/2012 by SeaHorse15