Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Sheepmind. It was a name given to someone who was a person who worked as a mariner or as a ship-builder. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames. The most common suffixes for occupational names are maker, herd, hewer, smith, er, ing, and man.
Early Origins of the Sheepmind family
Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Sheepmind family
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Sheepmind Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sheepmind have been found, including Shipman, Shippman, Chipman, Shipham and others.
Early Notables of the Sheepmind family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sheepmind family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Sheepmind, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: William Shipman settled in Virginia in 1635; Edward Shipman settled in Saybrook in 1639; and he was from the Nottingham branch of the name, and he was the sire of the distinguished U.S. family of Connecticut.
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