The present generation of the Shallcross family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the county of Derbyshire
. The surname Shallcross is a habitation surname which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the family was named after the ancient stone cross that stood in the High Peak forest in the parish of Shackelcross.
Early Origins of the Shallcross family
The surname Shallcross was first found in Derbyshire
at Shallcross, a small village in northwestern portion of the shire. Some claim the name Shallcross comes from an ancient stone cross, known as the Shall Cross which dated back to 832 when St. Paulinus visited the area.
Early History of the Shallcross family
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Shallcross Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Shallcross include Shallcross, Shalcross, Shawcross, Shallcrosse and others.
Early Notables of the Shallcross family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shallcross family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Shallcross were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Shallcross Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Lillian Shallcross, aged 11, who landed in America, in 1896
- Eliza Shallcross, aged 29, who landed in America from Chesterfield, in 1899
- Elizabeth P. H. Shallcross, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Chesterfield, in 1899
Shallcross Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Walk Shallcross, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from Bolton, in 1900
- May Florence Shallcross, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States, in 1902
- Sybilla Shallcross, who landed in America, in 1902
- Thomas Shallcross, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1902
- Veronica Shallcross, aged 5, who settled in America, in 1902
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Contemporary Notables of the name Shallcross (post 1700)
- Robert Shallcross, American advertising copywriter and film maker
- Arthur Shallcross (1876-1950), English association football manager
- David Shallcross Ph.D., Australian academic, Associate Professor and Department Head of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Melbourne, Frank Morton Medal recipient (2006)