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The surname Shead is of 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


The surname Shead was first found in 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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Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1327, 1524, 1642 and 1773 are included under the topic Early Shead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

  • N. H. Shead, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • E.W. Shead, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Jesse Gleason Shead, aged 53, who arrived in America, in 1895

Shead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jessie M. Shead, aged 36, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • Henry Shead, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1918
  • Walter Shead, who arrived in America, in 1919
  • William Shead, aged 45, who arrived in America from Ivenhoe, England, in 1920
  • Ward Shead, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Shead, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Balaklava" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Shead (post 1700)


  • DeShawn Anthony Shead (b. 1989), American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks
  • James Shead (b. 1965), British auto racing driver
  • Phillip Shead (b. 1977), New Zealand rugby league player
  • Artie Shead (b. 1978), New Zealand-born, French rugby league player
  • Garry Shead (b. 1942), Australian painter and cartoonist awarded the Archibald Prize for 1992-1993

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