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The ancient history of the Sheldon name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in various places named Sheldon including Derbyshire, Devon, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. The first portion of the surname Sheldon is derived from the Old English scylf meaning shelf. The second portion was originally derived from the Old English dun meaning hill. The surname simply referred to the hill with a flat top. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Sheldon Early Origins



The surname Sheldon was first found in Worcestershire where "John Sheldon, of Abberton, in the reign of Henry IV" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
is generally believed to be the progenitor. However, the Warwickshire "ancient house of Sheldon, of Sheldon is a matter of doubt, but not improbable. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
For it is in Warwickshire that the family rose in prominence when William Sheldon purchased the manor of Beoly from Richard Neville in the reign of Edward IV. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The family held this estate as their principal seat until it was destroyed by a fire in the Civil Wars of the 17th century. "[Beoley, Worcestershire] belonged successively to the noble families of Mortimer, Beauchamp, and Holland, of whose ancient castle the mound and moat still remain; and in the reign of Charles I. the manor was the property of Ralph Sheldon, a distinguished royalist, whose mansion was burned by the family themselves, to prevent its falling into the possession of the parliamentarians. Attached to the church is the chapel of 'Our Lady,' formerly a private chapel of the Sheldon family, to whom it has a very handsome monument: underneath the chapel is the vault." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Over in the parish of Temple Grafton, another branch of the family was found. Originally held by Knights Templar (hence the prefix "Temple"), the property was purchased by the Sheldon family in the Dissolution of the Monasteries between 1536 and 1541 by Henry VIII. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Sheldon Spelling Variations


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Sheldon Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sheldon include Sheldon, Shelden, Seldin, Sheldyn, Sheltan and others.

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Sheldon Early History


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Sheldon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheldon research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1654, 1599, 1687, 1598, 1677, 1660 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Sheldon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheldon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheldon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sheldon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheldon In Ireland


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Sheldon In Ireland



Some of the Sheldon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sheldon or a variant listed above:

Sheldon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Isaac Sheldon, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Godfrey Sheldon settled in Maine in 1630
  • Isaac Sheldon, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1634
  • James Sheldon, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • William Sheldon, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Sheldon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Pardon Sheldon settled in Boston in 1767
  • Captain Sheldon settled in Boston in 1768

Sheldon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Sheldon, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Richard Sheldon, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Sheldon, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • L Sheldon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Catharine Sheldon, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sheldon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Sheldon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. John Sheldon U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Sheldon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Sheldon, aged 33, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"

Sheldon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Sheldon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Eliza Sheldon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Sarah Sheldon arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • James Sheldon, aged 31, a groom, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheldon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheldon (post 1700)



  • Toby Sheldon (1980-2015), born Tobias Strebelwas, an American Los Angeles based songwriter who had extensive plastic surgery to have himself look like the singer and media personality Justin Bieber
  • George Sheldon (1874-1916), American winner of an Olympic gold medal for swimming at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Richard Sheldon (1878-1935), American Olympian who won gold and bronze for discus throw and shot put during the 1900 games
  • David Sheldon (1953-2007), American professional wrestler, better known by his ring names, The Angel of Death, The Black Scorpion and Russian Assassin I
  • Charles Henry Sheldon (1840-1898), American politician, 2nd Governor of South Dakota (1893-1897)
  • Charles Monroe Sheldon (1857-1946), American minister in the Congregational churches, leader of the Social Gospel movement, eponym of Charles Sheldon Memorial Highway, Kansas
  • Brooke E. Sheldon (1931-2013), American librarian and educator, President of the American Library Association from 1983 to 1984
  • Alexander Sheldon (1766-1836), American physician and politician, Speaker of the New York State Assembly (1804-1806), in 1808 and 1812
  • Alexander Sheldon, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1800-08, 1811-12, 1826 (Montgomery County 1800-08, 1811-12, Montgomery and Hamilton counties 1826)
  • Alexander Sheldon, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cattaraugus County 2nd District, 1852
  • ... (Another 88 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sheldon Historic Events


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Sheldon Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Sheldon, British signalman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Clifford L Sheldon, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. A L M J Sheldon, British Sub Lieutenant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Sheldon


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Suggested Readings for the name Sheldon



  • Sheldons at Bicentennial by Keith M. Sheldon.

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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: Optimum pati
Motto Translation: To suffer is best.


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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. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  11. ...

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