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Sheldrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Sheldrick family


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.

Early History of the Sheldrick family


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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.

Early Notables of the Sheldrick family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sheldrick family to the New World and Oceana


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

Sheldrick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

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

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Susanna Sheldrick, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Dennis A. Sheldrick, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE (b. 1934), Kenyan author and conservationist
  • Major David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE (1919-1977), Kenyan farmer and park warden

Historic Events for the Sheldrick family



HMS Royal Oak

  • Douglas W.V. Sheldrick, British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

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Citations


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  2. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html

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