Shadow is an English word used to refer to a dark figure or image cast on the ground by something that blocks the light, such as a body or an object; it can also be used to refer to something or someplace that is dark and gloomy. The word comes from Old English sceaduwe (shadow; shade) via Proto-Germanic *skadwaz (shadow) derived from PIE root word *(s)ḱeh₃- (darkness, shadow).
Shadow is also an English surname of unknown origin, or it used to be an English surname before dying out. Perhaps it became Shade, which may have originated as either a nickname for a very thin man, or as a locational name for someone who lived near a boundary, from Old English sceadan (to divide, separate) via a PIE root word.
- Shado (English)
- Shadoe (English)