Shackbirk is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Shackbirk family lived in Warwickshire
which is derived from the Old English word scucca,
meaning goblin or demon,
Combined the place meant "hill or mound haunted by an evil spirit." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The place name was listed as Socheberge CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in the Domesday Book
Early Origins of the Shackbirk family
The surname Shackbirk was first found in Warwickshire
at Upper Shuckburgh, a parish, in the union of Southam, Southam division of the hundred
of Knightlow. "Shuckburgh Park, the seat of the ancient family of Shuckburgh. Dugdale supposes that William de Shuckburgh, in the time of King John, was the first who assumed the name; in subsequent reigns several of the family held offices of great trust and authority in the county. The mansion is a spacious and elegant structure, in an extensive park, abounding in deer, but whose woodland recesses do not possess their former beauty, much of the timber having been felled." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Prior to the year 1200, their history 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. Today, Shuckburgh Hall is a privately owned country house mansion and has been the home of the Shuckburgh family since the 12th century. "William de Suckberge is presumed to be the first who assumed the name, from Shuckborough Superior, in this county; he was living in the third of John." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Shackbirk family
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Shackbirk Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Shackbirk has been recorded under many different variations, including Shuckburgh, Shuckborough, Shuckburg, Shuckberg and others.
Early Notables of the Shackbirk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shackbirk family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Shackbirks were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Richard Shuchburgh settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768.
The Shackbirk Motto
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.