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Where did the English Shillingford family come from? What is the English Shillingford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shillingford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shillingford family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sellingford, Shillingford, Shillingforde, Selingforde, Sellingforde, Shillingworth, Shillingworthy, Shillinglaw and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Shillingford. This unusual name is easily explained by any tax collector at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book a census taken 1086 by Duke William of Normandy after his Conquest of England in 1066. Shillingford lands represented the annual tax payable to the King via his under-tenant. One shilling of taxes per year in those days meant a sizeable piece of land of many acres. The lands of Shillingford, originally called Selingforde in Devon were occupied by William Cheever at that time, who held his lands from Fulchere, a Norman noble. Conjecturally, the Shillingfords are descended from this Norman. The toll extracted from travelers for crossing the river Exe obviously related also to the person of Shillingworth, an abbreviation of Shillingworthy, hence, the surname Shillingworth is similarly from the same origin. Shillingworthy described a freeman, next in rank below the Lord of the Manor, who was a worthy, that is a person who had sole and indisputable possession of a means of income from a particular source, such as Mucksworthy, the most valuable commodity in this strictly agricultural community, where the right to graze in a pasture and the right to collect and sell the manure made anyone a rich man. To reinforce this statement of power, there also emerged the name Shillinglaw, a person who virtually wrote his own local rules about who and how much would be charged for this vital ford crossing of the River Exe to Exeter, one of the largest towns in England at the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, it having 300 King's houses.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shillingford research. Another 270 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Shillingford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Shillingford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shillingford Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Will Shillingford who settled in Jamaica in 1773

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  • Grayson Cleophas Shillingford (b. 1944), former West Indian cricketer
  • Ron Shillingford (b. 1958), editor of the Caribbean Times, and best-selling author
  • John Parsons Shillingford M.D. FRCP FACC, Angiocardiology, Director Cardiovascular Research Unit, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London
  • Irvine Shillingford (b. 1944), West Indian cricketer
  • Shane Shillingford (b. 1983), West Indian cricketer


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The Shillingford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shillingford 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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