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Shakespeare is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a confrontational or argumentative person. The name was originally derived from the Old English schakken, meaning to brandish, and speer, meaning spear.

Shakespeare Early Origins



The surname Shakespeare 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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Shakespeare Spelling Variations


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Shakespeare Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Shakespeare, Shakspeare and others.

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Shakespeare Early History


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Shakespeare Early History



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

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Shakespeare Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shakespeare Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Shakespeare In Ireland


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Shakespeare In Ireland



Some of the Shakespeare 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



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Shakespeare or a variant listed above:

Shakespeare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Issacher Shakespeare, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874
  • Geo. Shakespeare, aged 27, who landed in America from England, in 1892

Shakespeare Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Francis Shakespeare, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Annie Shakespeare, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Goldthorpe England, in 1906
  • Daniel Shakespeare, aged 64, who settled in America from Wednesbury, England, in 1906
  • John D. Shakespeare, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Brierley Hill, England, in 1907
  • Emma Shakespeare, aged 58, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shakespeare Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Eliza Jane Shakespeare, aged 71, who emigrated to Victoria, Canada, in 1911

Shakespeare Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Sarah A. Shakespeare arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shakespeare (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shakespeare (post 1700)



  • William Shakespeare (1869-1950), American inventor of the level-winding fishing reel, founder of Shakespeare Fishing Tackle
  • William Valentine Shakespeare (1912-1975), American football player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1983)
  • Frank Shakespeare (b. 1925), former American diplomat and media executive
  • William Shakespeare (1564-1616), probably the world's most famous English poet and playwright
  • Sir Thomas "Tom" William Shakespeare (b. 1966), 3rd Baronet, English geneticist and sociologist
  • Sir William Geoffrey Shakespeare (1927-1996), 2nd Baronet Shakespeare of Lakenham, general practitioner in Aylesbury
  • William Shakespeare (1849-1931), English tenor, pedagogue, and composer
  • Wing Commander William Harold Nelson Shakespeare OBE MC AFC (1893-1976), English cricketer and pilot in the Royal Flying Corps
  • Shannon Shakespeare (b. 1977), Canadian gold and two-time silver medalist freestyle swimmer
  • Nicholas William Richmond Shakespeare (b. 1957), British journalist and writer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Shakespeare Historic Events


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Shakespeare Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Shakespeare, British Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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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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Shakespeare Family Crest Products


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See Also


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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. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

The Shakespeare Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shakespeare 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.

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