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Early Origins of the Sheepshanks family

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.

Early History of the Sheepshanks family

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Sheepshanks Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Sheepshanks family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Sheepshanks family to the New World and Oceana

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

Contemporary Notables of the name Sheepshanks (post 1700)

  • 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 Sheepshanks crater
  • Whitley Sheepshanks, Agriculturalist
  • David Sheepshanks, Chairman of Ipswich Town football club in England

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