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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Shovel, Showl, Shovell, Shoveller, Shouler, Showler and many more.

First found in Hertfordshire, where the first record of the name was Aluricus Scoua who was listed in the Domesday Book. Leuuinus Scufe was listed c. 1067 in the reference "Old English Bynames" and Wulnod Scoue was listed as a Templar Knight in 1185. The name is probably derived from the Old English word "scufa," which means to "thrust, push." The name is often metonymic for Shoveller and it's variants. In this latter case, the name is a trade name for someone who makes "shovels." As the names are so similar phonetically, it is now difficult to clearly determine which origin is which.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shovlin research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1609, 1703, 1777, 1650 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Shovlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shovlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johnathan Showell, who sailed to Virginia in 1653; Elias Shovell sailed to Barbados in 1679; John Showell sailed to Virginia in 1721; William Shovel sailed to Virginia in 1735.

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  • John Joseph Shovlin (1891-1976), American second baseman in Major League Baseball
  • Jamie Shovlin (b. 1978), British conceptual artist


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  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Shovlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shovlin 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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