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The Sheldrake surname derives from the Middle English word "scheldrake," a type of brightly colored duck, from the East Anglian dialect term "scheld," meaning "variegated," and "drake," a "male duck." It has been suggested that the surname evolved from a nickname for a vain or showy person.

Sheldrake Early Origins



The surname Sheldrake was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that county.

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Sheldrake Spelling Variations


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Sheldrake Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sheldrake include Shelldrake, Sheldrake, Shelldrick, Shelldrick, Sheldrick, Shelldrack, Sheldrack, Shelldreck and many more.

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Sheldrake Early History


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Sheldrake Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheldrake research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1275, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Sheldrake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheldrake Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheldrake Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sheldrake 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Sheldrake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joshua Sheldrake, who came to Pennsylvania in 1849

Sheldrake Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Sam Sheldrake, who was recorded in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Sheldrake Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Sheldrake, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • H Sheldrake, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Wesley Sheldrake, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheldrake (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheldrake (post 1700)



  • Dr. Rupert Sheldrake (b. 1942), British biologist and author of "Seven Experiments That Could Change the World"

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Sheldrake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheldrake 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 23 July 2016 at 11:20.

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