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Where did the Scottish Shedd family come from? What is the Scottish Shedd family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shedd family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shedd family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Shedden, Sheddan, Sheddans, Sheddens and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the 12th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shedd research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1625, 1708, 1759, and 1798 are included under the topic Early Shedd History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Shedd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Shedd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Sheddon, who came to North America in 1747; James Sheddan, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1758; Robert Sheddan, who came to Portsmouth, VA in 1759.

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  • Major-General William Edgar Shedd (1885-1953), American Commanding General 9th Service Command (1944-1946)
  • Dennis W Shedd (b. 1953), American federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Tracy Shedd, popular singer and songwriter from Florida
  • Tim Shedd, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • John Graves Shedd (1850-1926), the second president and chairman of the board of Marshall Field & Company


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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: Fidem Meam Observabo
Motto Translation: I will keep my faith.

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  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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Shedd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shedd 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 12 December 2014 at 20:50.

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