Shakerley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shakerley family

The surname Shakerley was first found in Lancashire at Shakerley, which is now a suburb of Tyldesley in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester. Shakerley is derived from the Old English words "sceacere" + "leah" and literally meant "robbers woodland glade or clearing." [1]

The earliest record of the place name was Shakerlee in 1210. Adam de Shakerley was the first of the name living in the area about 1200.

Early History of the Shakerley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shakerley research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1650, 1631, 1651 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Shakerley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shakerley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shakerley, Shackerly, Shackerley, Shack and many more.

Early Notables of the Shakerley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Jeremy Shakerley (fl. 1650), English astronomer and mathematician, was author of 'The Anatomy of Urania Practica,' or a short Mathematical Discourse. "Shakerley's chief claim to distinction is as the second observer of the transit of Mercury. The first transit was observed in 1631. According to...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shakerley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Shakerley migration to Australia +

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

Shakerley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Florence Shakerley, (b. 1871), aged 17, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Duke of Sutherland" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 15th June 1888 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shakerley (post 1700) +

  • Sir Nicholas Simon Adam Shakerley (b. 1963), 7th Baronet of Somerford Park in the County of Chester, English peer
  • Sir Geoffrey Adam Shakerley (1932-2012), 6th Baronet of Somerford Park in the County of Chester, English peer
  • Sir Cyril Holland Shakerley (1897-1970), 5th Baronet of Somerford Park in the County of Chester, English peer
  • Sir George Herbert Shakerley (1863-1945), 4th Baronet of Somerford Park in the County of Chester, English peer
  • Sir Walter Geoffrey Shakerley (1859-1943), 3rd Baronet of Somerford Park in the County of Chester, English peer
  • Sir Charles Watkin Shakerley (1833-1898), 2nd Barone of Somerford Park in the County of Chester, English peer
  • Sir Charles Peter Shakerley (1792-1857), 1st Baronet of Somerford Park in the County of Chester, English peer
  • Lady Elizabeth Shakerley, English cousin of Princess Margaret of England (1930-2002)
  • Sir Geoffrey Shakerley (1932-2012), 6th Baronet, an English aristocrat and society photographer
  • Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Shakerley CVO (1941-2020), née Anson, a British party planner and socialite from the Anson family


The Shakerley 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: Antiquum Obtinens
Motto Translation: Possessing our ancient honour.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf


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