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Shelby Early Origins



The surname Shelby was first found in North Yorkshire at Selby, a town and civil parish that dates back to the time of the Vikings as archaeological investigations in the area have revealed extensive remains, including waterlogged deposits in the core of the town dating from that time. One of the first records of the place name was in c. 1030 where it was listed as Seleby. A little more than 50 years later, it was listed as Salebi in the Domesday Book and literally meant "farmstead or village near sallow-trees" having derived from the Old English word "sele" + the Old Scandinavian word "by." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
It is understood to be the traditional birthplace of King Henry I, fourth son of William the Conqueror, in 1068/69. It is best known for Selby Abbey, which it is claimed that when Benedict of Auxerre in 1069 saw three swans on a lake in Selby, he understood that to be a sign of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, hence the Arms of Selby Abbey has three swans. The township of Moat in Cumberland was the scene of many battles with the Scots of the north. "It more than once fell into the power of the Scots, and on one occasion was taken by David, King of Scotland, who caused the two sons of the governor, Sir Walter Selby, to be strangled." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Shelby Spelling Variations


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Shelby Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Selby, Selbie and others.

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Shelby Early History


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Shelby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shelby research. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1603 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Shelby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shelby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shelby Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shelby 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:

Shelby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Evan Shelby, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Shelby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Shelby, who landed in Maryland in 1819
  • Frederick, Shelby Jr., who landed in Maryland in 1834
  • Lewis Shelby, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W Shelby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • John Shelby, who arrived in DeWitt County, Illinois in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shelby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shelby (post 1700)



  • Joseph Orville Shelby (1830-1897), noted Confederate cavalry general
  • Isaac Shelby (1750-1826), first and fifth American Governor of the U.S. state of Kentucky
  • Charlotte Shelby (1877-1957), popular American Broadway actress
  • John T. Shelby (b. 1958), former American center fielder in Major League Baseball
  • Richard Craig Shelby (b. 1934), the senior U.S. Senator from Alabama
  • Carroll Hall Shelby (b. 1923), retired American automotive designer and racing driver
  • Isaac Shelby (1750-1826), American politician, Member of North Carolina State Legislature, 1779; Delegate to Kentucky State Constitutional Convention, 1792; Governor of Kentucky, 1792-96, 1812-16
  • Horace E. Shelby, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1904
  • Evan Shelby, American politician, Postmaster at Martinsburg, Virginia, 1793-96
  • David D. Shelby, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1896
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Shelby


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Suggested Readings for the name Shelby



  • Chasin' Shelby's by Janet Schonert.
  • Our Ancestors and Kinsmen: The Shelbys Polks, et al. by Max W. Camp.

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Motto


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Motto



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: Semper sapit suprema
Motto Translation: He is always wise about the highest matters.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  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. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Shelby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shelby 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.

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