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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.

Shawcross Early Origins



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.

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Shawcross Spelling Variations


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Shawcross Spelling Variations



Shawcross has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Shallcross, Shalcross, Shawcross, Shallcrosse and others.

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Shawcross Early History


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Shawcross Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shawcross research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Shawcross History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shawcross Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shawcross Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shawcross Notables 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



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
  • Bradford, James, and Samuel Shawcross arrived in Philadelphia between 1852 and 1871
  • Solomon Shawcross, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shawcross (post 1700)


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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 9 November 2015 at 12:24.

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