Show ContentsShardlow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Shardlow come from when the family resided in the township of Shardlow in the parish of Aston-upon-Trent in the county of Derbyshire. This place name was listed as Serdelau in the Domesday Book and Shardelow in 1279 in the Calendar of Fines of the County of Derby. [1]

Early Origins of the Shardlow family

The surname Shardlow was first found in Derbyshire, at Shardlow, a village that dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Serdelau and literally meant "mound with a notch or indentation" from the Old English words sceard + hlaw. [2]

Sir John de Shardelowe or Scherdelow (died 1344?) was an English judge who appeared as an "advocate in the reign of Edward II, and on 28 Jan. 1332 was appointed a judge of the court of common pleas and received knighthood. During his lifetime he settled his manor of Thompson, Norfolk, upon his elder son, Sir John de Shardelowe, and, in addition, died seised of the manor of Fulbourn and of lands in Leverington and Wisbeach in Cambridgeshire, of the manors of Barrow and Cowlinge or Cooling, and of lands in Brandon, Cavenham, and elsewhere in Suffolk, and of land in Downham in Norfolk." [3]

Early History of the Shardlow family

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Shardlow Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Shardlow has been recorded under many different variations, including Shardelow, Shardlow, Shardlowe, Shardelowe, Shardlaw, Shardelaw, Shardalow, Shardeloe, Shardloe, Shartlow, Shartloe, Shatlow, Shatloe and many more.

Early Notables of the Shardlow family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Shardlow family to Ireland

Some of the Shardlow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Shardlow migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Shardlow or a variant listed above:

Shardlow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Shardlow, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 [4]
Shardlow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

Australia Shardlow migration to Australia +

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

Shardlow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Shardlow, (Shadlow), (b. 1799), aged 19, English farmer who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1885 [5]
  • Mr. John Shardlow, English convict who was convicted in Derbyshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shardlow (post 1700) +

  • Tristan Neil Shardlow (b. 1970), former English cricketer
  • Bertie Shardlow (1909-1976), English cricketer who played from 1949 to 1957
  • Wilfred Shardlow (1902-1956), English cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1925 and 1928
  • Paul Michael Shardlow (1943-1968), English professional football goalkeeper
  • Tony Shardlow, English lecturer in Mathematics at Manchester University, England

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook