Anglo-Saxon origin. It is derived from the Old English word "scydd," meaning "hovel, shed," and thus refers to a "dweller at the hovel."
Early Origins of the Shead family
Yorkshire where bearers of the name have lived since early times. During the years after the Conquest, England was dominated by the Normans, and the presence of Anglo-Saxon surnames was dwarfed by the sudden influx of French. Many of these surnames survived, however, and the written history of the Shead family dates back to this ancient period.
Early History of the Shead family
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Shead Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Shedd, Shed, Shede, Shead, Sched and others.
Early Notables of the Shead family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shead family to Ireland
Some of the Shead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Shead family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Shead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Shead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Shead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Shead (post 1700)
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