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Shekleton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Shekleton surname was a habitational name created from the place named Shackleton in the parish of Halifax, West Yorkshire. The place name is thought to derive from the Old English word "scacol," which describes a "tongue of land" and "tun," meaning "enclosure," or "settlement."


Early Origins of the Shekleton family


The surname Shekleton was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Shekleton family


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Shekleton Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Shackleton, Shackle, Sheckleton and others.

Early Notables of the Shekleton family (pre 1700)


Notables of this surname at this time include: Abraham Shackleton (1697-1771), English schoolmaster, the youngest of six children, was born at Shackleton House, near Bingley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. His parents were Quakers. He moved to Ireland, and became a tutor to the children of...
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Migration of the Shekleton family to Ireland


Some of the Shekleton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Shekleton family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Margaret Shackleton, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1751; Edward Shackleton, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1758; Thomas G. Shackleton, on record as a British Alien in America in 1810.

Contemporary Notables of the name Shekleton (post 1700)


  • Vincent Shekleton (1896-2000), American National Football League player who played with the Racing Legion during the 1922 NFL season as a center
  • Cameron Shekleton, South African cricketer who made his first-class debut for Gauteng in the 2018–19 CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup
  • John Shekleton (1795-1824), Irish doctor and anatomist, born in Dundalk, Ireland

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