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

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Shipley family, who lived in Derbyshire, at Shipley, from where they derived their name.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include 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.


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


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


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Shipley or a variant listed above:

Shipley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo Shipley settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Shipley, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Shipley settled in Virginia in 1660
  • Adam Shipley, who arrived in America in 1668
  • Robert Shipley settled in Barbados in 1671

Shipley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William, Shipley Jr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Martin Shipley, who arrived in New Jersey in 1754
  • Martin Shipley settled in New Jersey in 1754
  • John Shipley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1775

Shipley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shipley settled in New York State in 1820


  • Howard Burton Shipley (1890-1976), American athlete and coach for the Maryland Terrapins at the University of Maryland (1919-1920)
  • Jordan Shipley (b. 1985), American NFL football wide receiver
  • Tom Shipley, American musician, best known as a member of the American folk rock duo Brewer & Shipley
  • John Shipley (b. 1960), English professional poker player
  • John Warren Shipley OBE (b. 1946), Baron Shipley, English Liberal Democrat peer in the House of Lords
  • William Shipley (1715-1803), English drawing master who founded an arts society in London in 1754 that later became The Royal Society of Arts
  • Debra Ann Shipley (b. 1957), British politician, Member of Parliament for Stourbridge (1997-2005)
  • Dame Jenny Shipley DNZM (b. 1952), New Zealand's first female Prime Minister from 1997 to 1999
  • Jonathan Shipley (1714-1788), Bishop of Llandaff and Bishop of St Asaph
  • Marie Ann Shipley (1899-1981), Canadian politician



  • The Shipleys of Maryland, 1968; A Study of the Descendants of Adam Shipley, of Yorkshire, England, who came to Annapolis, Maryland, in 1668 .
  • Ten Generations of Descendants of Fisherman David Shapley of Marblehead, Mass. by Brian Joe Lobley Berry.

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  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Shipley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shipley 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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