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Sheepshanks Early Origins



The surname Sheepshanks was 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 the family have been seated from very ancient times, some say as early as the 12th century. This curious name has come down through the ages and according to many correspondents has been corrupted from a place name in Ayrshire which has since passed into history. It is highly unlikely that other explanations, such as describing a person with bow legs, has anything to do with its origin, such deductions arising from the 19th century humorous books written on the origin of names.

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Sheepshanks Spelling Variations


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Sheepshanks Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Sheepshanks, Sheephanks, Sheepshank, Sheephank, Sheipshanks and many more.

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Sheepshanks Early History


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Sheepshanks Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheepshanks research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1208 is included under the topic Early Sheepshanks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheepshanks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheepshanks Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sheepshanks 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sheepshanks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Sheepshanks, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1806

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheepshanks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheepshanks (post 1700)



  • Whitley Sheepshanks, Agriculturalist
  • David Sheepshanks, Chairman of Ipswich Town football club in England
  • Richard Sheepshanks (1794-1855), British astronomer, his sister Anne Sheepshanks (1789–1876), made major contributions to the observatory at Cambridge, accordingly she became the eponym of the The Sheepshanks crater

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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    The Sheepshanks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheepshanks 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 17 November 2014 at 09:22.

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