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Shawcross History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Anglo-Saxon name Shawcross comes from the family having resided in the county of Derbyshire. The surname Shawcross 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 Shawcross family


The surname Shawcross 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 Shawcross family


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Shawcross Spelling Variations


Shawcross has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Shallcross, Shalcross, Shawcross, Shallcrosse and others.

Early Notables of the Shawcross family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Shawcross family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Shawcrosss to arrive on North American shores:

Shawcross Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Shawcross, who landed in America in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Bradford, James, and Samuel Shawcross, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1852 and 1871
  • Solomon Shawcross, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Contemporary Notables of the name Shawcross (post 1700)


  • Francis David Shawcross (1941-2015), English footballer who played from 1958 to 1973
  • William Shawcross (b. 1946), British writer, broadcaster and commentator
  • Conrad Shawcross (b. 1977), British artist
  • Valerie Shawcross, British Labour Party politician
  • Hartley William Shawcross (1902-2003), Baron Shawcross, British barrister and politician, lead British prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes tribunal

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Citations


  1. ^ 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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