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

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Shiplett family lived in Derbyshire, at Shipley, from where they derived their name.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Shipley, Shiplie, Skiplie, Schipley and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they were granted the lands of Shipley, originally spelled Scipelie, by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shiplett research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the year 1769 is included under the topic Early Shiplett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Shiplett or a variant listed above: Thomas Shipley, with his wife Elizabeth, and son and daughter, who settled in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1774; Robert Shipley settled in Barbados in 1671.

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  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Shiplett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shiplett 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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