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The Sheldrick 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.

Sheldrick Early Origins



The surname Sheldrick 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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Sheldrick Spelling Variations


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Sheldrick Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sheldrick have been found, including Shelldrake, Sheldrake, Shelldrick, Shelldrick, Sheldrick, Shelldrack, Sheldrack, Shelldreck and many more.

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Sheldrick Early History


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Sheldrick Early History



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

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Sheldrick Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheldrick Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sheldrick 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Sheldrick, or a variant listed above:

Sheldrick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Sheldrick settled in Virginia in 1732
  • Elizabeth Sheldrick, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1732

Sheldrick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Sheldrick, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheldrick (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheldrick (post 1700)



  • William J. Sheldrick, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 13th District, 1931-40; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940
  • Susanna Sheldrick, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Dennis A. Sheldrick, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE (b. 1934), Kenyan author and conservationist
  • Major David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE (1919-1977), Kenyan farmer and park warden

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The Sheldrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheldrick 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 28 February 2016 at 15:51.

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