Shaffto is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Shaffto family lived in Northumberland
, at Shafto Crag,
from whence their name is derived.
Early Origins of the Shaffto family
The surname Shaffto was first found in Northumberland
at either Shafto East or Shafto West. Both townships have remained rather small over the years with populations less than 50 people but both have considerable antiquity, being mentioned in records of the 13th century. In 1378, Matthew Bolton, vicar of Newcastle, and others, were feoffees for founding a chantry in the "chapel of Shafthowe." The Shaftos were traditional landowners of the area with the Aynsleys, and the Vaughans. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Shaffto family
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Shaffto 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. Shaffto has been recorded under many different variations, including Shafto, Shaftan, Shaftoe, Shaftowe, Shaftow and others.
Early Notables of the Shaffto family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shaffto 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. Shafftos were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: John Shaftoe settled in Virginia in 1716; Edward Shaftoe settled in Virginia in 1730.