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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Shakespear was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a confrontational or argumentative person. The name was originally derived from the Old English schakken, meaning to brandish, and speer, meaning spear.

Shakespear Early Origins



The surname Shakespear was first found in Cumberland where the earliest record of the name was "Henry Shakespere who was a holder of a ploughland in the parish of Kirkland in the year 1350." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The author continues on that as the name was a "Border" name (one on the the Scottish/English borders), it no doubt had "its rise in those feuds." And later on, he notes that the previous "earliest" record was of "Thomas Shakespeare, who was officially connected with the port of Youghal, in Ireland, in 1375. " The surname is clearly not Irish as confirmed by MacLysaght and O'Hart, which begs the question how did such an early entry of the name get there?

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Shakespear Spelling Variations


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Shakespear Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Shakespeare, Shakspeare and others.

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Shakespear Early History


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Shakespear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shakespear research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1564 and 1616 are included under the topic Early Shakespear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shakespear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shakespear Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shakespear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shakespear In Ireland


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Shakespear In Ireland



Some of the Shakespear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Shakespear or a variant listed above:

Shakespear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Issachar Shakespear, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Samuel Shakespear, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Shakespear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sarah A. Shakespear, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • Margaret Shakespear (aged 18), a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"

Shakespear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shakespear arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shakespear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shakespear (post 1700)



  • Sir Richmond Campbell Shakespear (1812-1861), Indian-born British Indian Army officer
  • Olivia Shakespear (1863-1938), British novelist and playwright

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Motto


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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: Non sanz droict
Motto Translation: Not without right.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Shakespear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shakespear Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 1 February 2016 at 08:30.

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