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

The origins of the Shilton name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the township of Shelton found in five counties in England. Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Salop and Staffordshire all had townships by the name of Shelton. This place-name was originally derived by the Old English elements scylf and tun, which denoted a ledge or plateau in the landscape.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Shilton were recorded, including Shelton, Sheltone and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shilton research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1529, 1475, 1555, 1476, 1539, 1705, 1537, 1604 and 1579 are included under the topic Early Shilton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 195 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shilton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Shilton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Shilton family emigrate to North America: Richard and Francis Shelton who settled in Virginia in 1638; Samuel and Esther Shelton settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765 with Hannah; Samuel Shelton settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680.

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

This page was last modified on 6 September 2013 at 12:20.

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