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Early Origins of the Culshaw family

The surname Culshaw was first found in Lancashire at Culcheth, a township, in the parish of Newchurch, union of Leigh, hundred of West Derby. [1] "The Culcheths of Burscough spelt their name variously as Culcheth, Culshaw, and Kilshaw. 'The place is called Kilsha by the locals'" [2]

Here we find the earliest records of the family, that of: Henry de Culchet, Lancashire; and Gilbert de Kulchet, both in 1201. [2] The Assize Rolls of 1246-1247 list Gilbert de Culchit in Lancashire as does the Feet of Fines for Lancashire in 1359, lists Gilbert de Culchith. [3]

Later the source Wills at Chester includes entries for William Kilshaw, of Burscough, 1617; Geoffrey Culcheth, of Hindley, 1585; Thomas Culcheth, of Leigh, 1611; John Kilshaw, of Burscough, 1619; Edward Culshaw (Culcheth), of Burscough, 1641; John Culcheth, of Culcheth, parish of Winwick, 1640; and William Culcheth, or Culshaw, of Burscough, 1665. [4]

Early History of the Culshaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Culshaw research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1201, 1327, 1413, 1455, 1468, 1487 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Culshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Culshaw Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Culcheth, Kulcheth, Kylcheth, Culchech, Culcheck, Culchaw, Culshaw, Kilshaw, Kilsha, Kulchet and many more.

Early Notables of the Culshaw family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Culcheth or Culshaw family of Lancashire


United States Culshaw migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Culshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Culshaw, who arrived in Pike County, Indiana in 1882 [5]
Culshaw Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Culshaw, aged 38, originally from Liverpool, England, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • Thomas Culshaw, aged 27, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Dongarra" from Ponta Delgada, Azores [6]
  • Owen Culshaw, aged 25, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • John Culshaw, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • Fredrick Culshaw, aged 35, originally from Blackburn, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Culshaw (post 1700) +

  • William Culshaw (1807-1874), English co-founder of Culshaw and Sumners, architects and surveyors in Liverpool, active until 1916
  • Jonathan Peter Culshaw (b. 1968), English impressionist and comedian, known for his work on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Two's Dead Ringers
  • John Royds Culshaw OBE (1924-1980), English classical record producer for Decca Records, best known for masterminding the first studio recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen in 1958

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Culshaw, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and survived the sinking [7]


  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Baines Thomas & William Fairbairn, Lancashire and Cheshire, Past and Present History of Counties London: William MacKenzie, 1867, Digital, 4 vols
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result
  7. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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