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Where did the English Shawcross family come from? What is the English Shawcross family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shawcross family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shawcross family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Shawcross comes from the family having resided in the county of Derbyshire. The surname Shawcross is a habitation surname which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the family was named after the ancient stone cross that stood in the High Peak forest in the parish of Shackelcross.
Shawcross has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Shallcross, Shalcross, Shawcross, Shallcrosse and others.
First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shawcross research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1686 is included under the topic Early Shawcross History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Shawcross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Shawcrosss to arrive on North American shores:
Shawcross Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Shawcross Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shawcross Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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