The family name Shephan is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon
names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a person who worked as a mariner or as a ship-builder. Occupational
names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The most common suffixes for occupational names are maker, herd, hewer, smith, er, ing, and man.
Early Origins of the Shephan family
The surname Shephan was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Shephan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shephan research.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1662, 1664, 1639 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Shephan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shephan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Shephan include Shipman, Shippman, Chipman, Shipham and others.
Early Notables of the Shephan family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Abraham Shipman (d. 1664), English first Governor and General of the city of Bombay (1662-1664); and Edward Shippen (1639-1712), English-born immigrant to Boston who was whipped for being a Quaker, after which he was invited... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shephan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shephan family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: William Shipman settled in Virginia in 1635; Edward Shipman settled in Saybrook in 1639; and he was from the Nottingham
branch of the name, and he was the sire of the distinguished U.S. family of Connecticut.