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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the English Shore family come from? What is the English Shore family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shore family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Shoore, Shore, Sure and others.

First found in Derbyshire at Mickleover where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. Mickleover, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, was held by Burton Abbey.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shore research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1445, 1527, 1662, 1752 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Shore History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 123 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shore Settlers in the 17th Century

  • Ellin Shore settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Mathew Shore settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Ellin Shore, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Mathew Shore, aged 46, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • James Shore settled in Virginia in 1636

Shore Settlers in the 18th Century

  • Edwd Shore, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Shore Settlers in the 19th Century

  • William Shore, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • Edward, George, John, Thomas, and William Shore, all landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1845 and 1856
  • Sarah Shore, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Sarah Shore arrived in Adelaide aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849
  • J. Shore arrived in Auckland aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854


  • Dinah Shore (1916-1994), American singer and actress, hostess of daytime programs "Dinah's Place", and "Dinah!"
  • Bernard Alexander Shore FRCM, FTCL, RAM, ARCM, H.M., British retired Inspector of Schools
  • Dr. Elizabeth Catherine Shore, British Senior Principal Medical Officer, Department of Health and Social Security
  • David Shore, American electronics executive from Detroit
  • Frances Rose Shore (1917-1994), original name of Dinah Shore, the American singer, actress, and television personality
  • Edward William "Eddie" Shore (1902-1985), Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played from 1926 to 1940; he won the Hart Trophy four times
  • Ernest Grady Shore (1891-1980), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox
  • John Shore (1751-1834), 1st Baron Teignmouth, a British official of the East India Company, Governor-General of India from 1793 to 1797
  • Howard Leslie Shore (b. 1946), Canadian three-time Academy Award winning composer who composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
  • Paul Montgomery "Pauly" Shore (b. 1968), American actor, comedian, director, writer and producer



  • Ancestors and Descendants of Frederick Shore: Switzerland, 1570-Surry County, North Carolina, 1750 by Leo Jane Shore.
  • History of the Benjamin Shore Family by Alice Brumfield.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Perimus licitis
Motto Translation: We perish by what is lawful.



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