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Early Origins of the Shelford family


The surname Shelford was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Shelford, held by Hardwin from Count Alan of Brittany who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. This large village held two mills and a monastery and was also held by seven freeman.

Early History of the Shelford family


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Shelford Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Shelford, Shellford, Seelford, Selford and others.

Early Notables of the Shelford family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Shelford family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shelford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Shelford, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Edward Shelford, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Richard Shelford, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Richard Shelford, who settled in Virginia in 1714

Contemporary Notables of the name Shelford (post 1700)


  • Victor Ernest Shelford (1877-1968), American zoologist
  • Robert Walter Campbell Shelford (1872-1912), British museum administrator and naturalist
  • Kelly Shelford, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • Angus Shelford (b. 1976), New Zealand Olympic boxer
  • Adrian Shelford (1964-2003), New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • Wayne Thomas "Buck" Shelford (b. 1957), New Zealand rugby player

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Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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