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The name Shelley came to England with the ancestors of the Shelley family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Shelley family lived in Sussex having derived from the Old English word shelf, meaning a wooded clearing on a ledge or plateau, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a landmark. Following the Norman line "genealogists assert that the Sheeleys 'came out of France with William the Conqueror.' Seulle, Shevels, or Sheuile, is found in the lists called the Roll of Battel Abbey." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Shelley Early Origins



The surname Shelley was first found in Sussex where "there is no doubt of the antiquity of the house of Shelley, the accounts of the earlier descents of the family are very scanty. Originally of the county of Huntingdon, [now Cambridgeshire] the Shelleys are said to have removed into this county at a very early period." [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 earliest record of the name was John and Thomas Shelley who followed the fortunes of Richard II and were subsequently beheaded in the first year of Henry IV's rule. The remaining brother who was not connected, retained his possessions. [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.

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Shelley Spelling Variations


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Shelley Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Shelley are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Shelley include Shelly, Shelley and others.

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Shelley Early History


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Shelley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shelley research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1567, 1644, 1792 and 1822 are included under the topic Early Shelley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shelley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shelley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shelley 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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Shelley, or a variant listed above:

Shelley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Shelley who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Shelley, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Robert Shelley, who arrived in America in 1632
  • Robert Shelley settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1632
  • Anne Shelley, who came to Boston in 1632
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shelley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Shelley, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Shelley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Shelley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1810
  • Caleb Shelley, who arrived in Vermont sometime between 1819 and 1904
  • Samuel Thomas Shelley, who landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • Patrick Shelley, who arrived in Louisiana in 1844
  • J Q Shelley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shelley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Shelley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Harriet Shelley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shelley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shelley (post 1700)



  • David Joseph Shelley (1957-2015), American blues rock musician who performed with Cher
  • Kevin Francis Shelley (b. 1955), American politician, 28th California Secretary of State
  • Steven Jay Shelley (b. 1962), American drummer
  • Edward J. Shelley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 22nd District, 1886
  • Dana V. Shelley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2008
  • Dan Shelley, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State Senate 6th District; Elected 1992
  • Clarence B. Shelley, American politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 15th District, 1912
  • Charles Miller Shelley (1833-1907), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Alabama 4th District, 1877-81, 1882-85
  • B. Y. Shelley, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1879
  • Florance W. Shelley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Guilford, 1902
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Shelley Historic Events


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Shelley Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Imanita Shelley, (née Parrish Hall), aged 25, American Second Class passenger from Deer Lodge, Montana who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12

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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: Fey e fidalgia
Motto Translation: Faith and fidelity


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. 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.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Shelley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shelley 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.

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