Shadd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Shadd came from the Old English personal name Ceadd, also rendered as Ceadda. Unlike most Old English personal names, this name remained in use for a substantial length of time after the Norman Conquest. The popularity of the name was perhaps aided by the exploits of St. Chad, who was the third Bishop of Litchfield in the 7th century.

Early Origins of the Shadd family

The surname Shadd was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Shadd family

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Shadd Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Shadd family name include Chadd, Chad, Chadds, Chads and others.

Early Notables of the Shadd family (pre 1700)

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United States Shadd migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Shadd surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Shadd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Yerrick Shadd, aged 27, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]

Australia Shadd migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Shadd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Shadd, English convict who was convicted in Herefordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)


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