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

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Shuckburgh family name to the British Isles. They lived in Warwickshire which is derived from the Old English word scucca, meaning goblin or demon, and burgh meaning hill.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Shuckburgh, Shuckborough, Shuckburg, Shuckberg and others.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Shuckburgh Superior in that shire. Their origin prior to the year 1200 is obscured but most assume it to be descended from Herlwin, the Domesday tenant of Shuckburgh who held the manor from the Count of Meulan in the year 1086 or from Alwin, the tenant of the other half who held it from Thorkell of Warwick. The Shuckburgh family have held the manor ever since.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shuckburgh research. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1160, 1650 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Shuckburgh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Shuckburgh or a variant listed above were: Richard Shuchburgh settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768.

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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: Haec manus ob patriam
Motto Translation: This hand for my country.

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The Shuckburgh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shuckburgh 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 25 June 2014 at 13:39.

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