Redshaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Redshaw family

The surname Redshaw was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Redshaw Gill in Blubberhouses, a township, in the parish of Fewston, Lower division of the wapentake of Claro. [1] A small village, the current population is less than 100, Redshaw Gill is now mostly parkland bordering on the river between the Fewston Reservoir and the Thruscross Reservoir. Slightly to the north lies Redshaw Hall, now a farmhouse.

One of the first records of the family was Nicholas de Redschaghe who held estates here in 1297. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1397 list John Redeshawe as also holding lands at that time. [2]

Literally, the name means "dweller at the Red Wood" from the Old English "réad, red + sc(e)aga," Middle English "shaw(e)," meaning "a wood." [3]

Early History of the Redshaw family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Redshaw research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1465, 1575, 1712 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Redshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Redshaw Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Redshaw has undergone many spelling variations, including Redshaw, Redshawe, Readshaw, Readshawe, Ridshaw, Radshaw, Radshawe, Readshore and many more.

Early Notables of the Redshaw family (pre 1700)

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United States Redshaw migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Redshaw were among those contributors:

Redshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Redshaw, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • John Spencer Redshaw, aged 59, who immigrated to the United States from Sunderland, in 1899
Redshaw Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Redshaw, aged 15, who settled in America from Spennymoore, England, in 1906
  • Olive Redshaw, aged 2, who landed in America from Hull, in 1906
  • Hannah M. Redshaw, aged 37, who landed in America from Hull, in 1906
  • Charles Redshaw, aged 18, who landed in America from Spennymoore, England, in 1906
  • Edith Redshaw, aged 20, who settled in America from Spennymoore, England, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Redshaw migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Redshaw Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • James Redshaw, aged 58, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1915
  • Mary Redshaw, aged 54, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1915

New Zealand Redshaw migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Redshaw Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John K Redshaw, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [5]
  • Mr. Alf Redshaw, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Redshaw (post 1700) +

  • Jack Redshaw (b. 1990), English footballer
  • Mark Redshaw (b. 1984), English professional footballer
  • Ray Redshaw (b. 1958), retired professional English footballer


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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