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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Shelton surname lived in the township of Shelton found in five counties in England. Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Salop and Staffordshire all had townships by the name of Shelton. This place-name was originally derived by the Old English elements scylf and tun, which denoted a ledge or plateau in the landscape.

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The surname Shelton was first found in Norfolk at Shelton, a parish, in the union and hundred of Defwade. "This place was anciently the property of the Sheltons, who were owners of the Hall, a castellated structure long since pulled down. From that family the estate passed to Sir Robert Houghton, one of the justices of the king's bench." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Some of the family held estates in Great Snoring, Norfolk. "The living is a rectory, with that of Thursford annexed, valued in the king's books at £24, and in the gift of St. John's College, Cambridge: the tithes have been commuted for £539, and the glebe comprises 37 acres, with a house, erected by Sir Richard Shelton. The church is a good structure in the later English style, with a lofty embattled tower, and contains some ancient monuments and brasses to the Shelton and other families." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Shelton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Shelton include: Shelton, Sheltone and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shelton research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1529, 1475, 1555, 1476, 1539, 1705, 1537, 1604 and 1579 are included under the topic Early Shelton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include John Shelton, also known as John Skelton (c.1460-1529), an English poet; Rauf Shelton of Yorkshire; Anne Shelton nee Boleyn (1475-1555), aunt of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII; and Sir John Shelton (1476-1539), courtier during the reign of Henry VIII of England...

Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shelton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Shelton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Shelton or a variant listed above:

Shelton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard and Francis Shelton who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Fr Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Rich Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Fra Shelton, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Symon Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
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Shelton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Susanna Shelton, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Anne Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Henry Shelton settled in Maryland in 1732
  • Samuel and Esther Shelton settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765 with Hannah

Shelton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Shelton, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1812
  • James Shelton, who landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • G W Shelton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S W Shelton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • V. B. Shelton settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
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Shelton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Luke Shelton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Shelton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Jeremiah Shelton U.E. (b. 1755) who settled in Portland [North End], Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Loyalist Corps, he died in 1819

Shelton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • L R Shelton, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Shelton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Shelton, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Daniel Shelton, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Shelton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839
  • John Shelton, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • Eliza Shelton, aged 26, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
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  • James Alan Shelton (1960-2014), American bluegrass guitarist who performed with the Clinch Mountain Boys
  • John W. Shelton (1928-2014), American businessman and politician, Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 to 2004
  • Sarah Elmira Royster Shelton (1810-1888), American sweetheart of Edgar Allan Poe who became engaged to him shortly before his death in 1849
  • Richard Shelton (b. 1933), American writer, poet and emeritus Regents Professor of English at the University of Arizona
  • George Matthew Shelton (1877-1949), American Medal of Honor recipient
  • Deborah "Debbie" Shelton (b. 1948), American beauty queen and actress, best known for her work on "Dallas"
  • Chris Shelton (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball player
  • Josť Caminero y Shelton, American politician, Honorary Consul for Cuba at San Juan, P.R., 1911
  • Barrett Shelton Sr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1972
  • Barrett C. Shelton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1936
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Shelton Historic Events



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  • Mr. Shelton, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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  • Sheldons at Bicentennial by Keith M. Sheldon.
  • Descendants of Jessee Shelton and Some Related Families by Cecil Shelton.
  • Ralph Shelton Family in Early Virginia by Frank H. Shelton.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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