Shatford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shatford family

The surname Shatford was first found in Durham at Shadforth, a chapelry, in the parish of Pittington, S. division of Easington ward. The village dates back to 1183 when it was listed as Shaldeford from the Old English "scead" + "ford" and literally meant "shallow ford." [1]

Early History of the Shatford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shatford research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1603 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Shatford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shatford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shadforth, Shadfourth, Shadforthe, Shadford, Shadforde, Shatford and many more.

Early Notables of the Shatford family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Shatford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Shatford migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shatford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Phillip Shatford, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Philip Shatford, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [2]
  • John Shatford, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Richard Shatford, who settled in Jamaica in 1654

Canada Shatford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shatford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Shatford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Shatford (post 1700) +

  • Robert F. "Bobby" Shatford (1961-1991), aged 30, American crew member from Gloucester, Massachusetts of the Andrea Gail, lost during the "Perfect Storm" of 1991; the crew members' plight was inspiration of the 1997 book and a 2000 film adaptation of the same name
  • Rev. Allan Shatford, Canadian Army Chaplains' Department, awarded as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1919 Birthday Honours
  • Ruth Shatford, Australian principal of the Tara Anglican School for Girls North Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. (1980-1999)
  • William Francis Shatford, British Naval officer soldier in the War of 1812 aboard the HMS Java, early settler to Fox Point, Nova Scotia; his son, William moved to Hubbards, Nova Scotia in 1860
  • Lytton Wilmot Shatford (1873-1920), Canadian businessman and politician from Hubbards, Nova Scotia; he moved west during one of the gold rushes to found the Shatford Mercantile Store in Hedley, elected to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in the 1903
  • Anna Shatford Lloyd (1837-1912), née Lloyd, an English school principal of Slepe Hall School in St Ives, Huntingdonshire


The Shatford 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: Fugit irrevocabile tempus
Motto Translation: Time flies beyond recall.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)


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