Shackelford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Shackelford surname was a habitational name from Scackleton, a village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. [1] The village is mentioned three times in the Domesday Book as Scacheldene or Scachelsey. [2]

The place name probably means "valley by a point of land," from the Old English scacol + denu. [3] Another source claims the word "scacol," describes a "tongue of land."

Early Origins of the Shackelford family

The surname Shackelford was first found in Lancashire where Hugh Schacheliton was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1246. Hugh Shakeldene was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1302. [1]

"The Shackletons were one of the most notable Quaker families in Ireland. Their famous school at Ballitore, Co. Kildare, where Edmund Burke was educated, was founded by Abraham Shackleton, a native of Yorkshire, in 1726. His son Richard Shackleton and his grandson Abraham Shackleton carried on the school with success. His daughter, Mary Leadbeater (1726-1826), the author of poems and essays, left a valuable account of rural life in the eighteenth century. Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), the Antarctic explorer, was of the same Co. Kildare family." [4]

The Shackell variant has the same root and "is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Shakell'; compare the local Shackleton." [5] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include Willelmus Shakelle. [5]

In Norfolk, The Vicarage of Corpesty, Norfolk, 'was sold by Heydon to Thomas Jecks and John Shakle, and by them to the Bacons, 1611.' [6] "This form still remains in Norfolk, Shackle being found in the Modern Domesday Book for that county." [5]

Early History of the Shackelford family

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Shackelford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shackleton, Shackle, Sheckleton and others.

Early Notables of the Shackelford family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Abraham Shackleton (1697-1771), English schoolmaster, the youngest of six children, was born at Shackleton House, near Bingley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. His parents were Quakers. He moved to Ireland, and became a tutor to the children of...
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Shackelford Ranking

In the United States, the name Shackelford is the 2,948th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Shackelford family to Ireland

Some of the Shackelford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Shackelford migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shackelford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Stella Shackelford, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Alice Shackelford, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Mary Shackelford, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Elizabeth Shackelford, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • William E Shackelford, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Shackelford (post 1700) +

  • Lottie H. Shackelford, American politician, the first woman elected Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas in 1987
  • Edmund Meredith Shackelford (1786-1857), American Brigadier General
  • James Barnes Shackelford (1886-1969), early American cinematographer from Wichita, Kansas
  • John Williams Shackelford (1844-1883), American politician, Democratic Congressman from North Carolina (1881 to 1883)
  • Francis Shackelford (1909-1973), United States General Counsel of the Army (1950 to 1952) and Assistant Secretary of the Army (1952 to 1953)
  • Lynn Shackelford (b. 1947), retired American professional basketball player
  • Sonny Shackelford (b. 1985), American football wide receiver
  • James Murrell Shackelford (1827-1907), American lawyer, judge, and general in the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • Theodore Tillman "Ted" Shackelford III (b. 1946), American actor, best known for his role as Gary Ewing on the television series Knots Landing (1979 to 1993)
  • Dorothy Shackelford, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1932 [8]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  7. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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