Shelton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Shelton surname lived in the township of Shelton found in five counties in England. Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Salop and Staffordshire all had townships by the name of Shelton. This place-name was originally derived by the Old English elements scylf and tun, which denoted a ledge or plateau in the landscape.

Early Origins of the Shelton family

The surname Shelton was first found in Norfolk at Shelton, a parish, in the union and hundred of Defwade. "This place was anciently the property of the Sheltons, who were owners of the Hall, a castellated structure long since pulled down. From that family the estate passed to Sir Robert Houghton, one of the justices of the king's bench." [1]

Some of the family held estates in Great Snoring, Norfolk. "The living is a rectory, with that of Thursford annexed, valued in the king's books at £24, and in the gift of St. John's College, Cambridge: the tithes have been commuted for £539, and the glebe comprises 37 acres, with a house, erected by Sir Richard Shelton. The church is a good structure in the later English style, with a lofty embattled tower, and contains some ancient monuments and brasses to the Shelton and other families." [1]

Early History of the Shelton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shelton research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1529, 1475, 1555, 1476, 1539, 1612, 1601, 1650, 1647, 1601, 1705, 1537, 1604 and 1579 are included under the topic Early Shelton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shelton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Shelton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Shelton include: Shelton, Sheltone and others.

Early Notables of the Shelton family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Shelton, also known as John Skelton (c.1460-1529), an English poet; Rauf Shelton of Yorkshire; Anne Shelton nee Boleyn (1475-1555), aunt of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII; and Sir John Shelton (1476-1539), courtier during the reign of Henry VIII of England. Thomas Shelton ( fl. 1612), was the first translator of 'Don Quixote' into English, may possibly be identical with the Thomas Sheldon who was fourth son of William Sheldon of Broadway, Worcestershire, a kinsman of Edward Sheldon, of Beoley. Thomas Shelton (1601-1650?)...
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Ireland Migration of the Shelton family to Ireland

Some of the Shelton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Shelton migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Shelton or a variant listed above:

Shelton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard and Francis Shelton who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Fr Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [2]
  • Rich Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [2]
  • Fra Shelton, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • Symon Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Shelton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Susanna Shelton, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • Anne Shelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • Henry Shelton, who settled in Maryland in 1732
  • Samuel and Esther Shelton, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765 with Hannah
Shelton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Shelton, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • James Shelton, who landed in New York, NY in 1834 [2]
  • G W Shelton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • S W Shelton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • V. B. Shelton settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
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Canada Shelton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shelton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Luke Shelton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Shelton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Jeremiah Shelton U.E. (b. 1755) who settled in Portland [North End], Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Loyalist Corps, he died in 1819 [3]
Shelton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • L R Shelton, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Shelton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Shelton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Shelton, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Daniel Shelton, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • William Shelton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839 [6]
  • Mr. John Shelton, British Convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1840 [7]
  • John Shelton, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Shelton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Shelton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. W. Shelton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th March 1841 [9]
  • Miss Ann Shelton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [9]
  • Miss Emma Shelton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [9]
  • Mr. Edward Shelton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [9]
  • Mr. William Shelton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [9]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Shelton (post 1700) +

  • Lynn Shelton (1965-2020), American filmmaker, known for writing, directing, and producing such films as Humpday and Your Sister's Sister.[
  • Winston Shelton, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 6th District, 1873-75; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 5th District, 1879-80 [10]
  • William P. Shelton (1821-1892), American politician, Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, 1877-79; Defeated, 1879 [10]
  • William Shelton, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1904 [10]
  • W. C. Shelton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1888 [10]
  • Turner Blair Shelton (1915-1982), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, 1970-75 [10]
  • Ted Shelton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964 [10]
  • Stephen B. Shelton, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1938 [10]
  • Samuel Azariah Shelton (1858-1948), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri 16th District, 1921-23 [10]
  • Sally Angela Shelton (b. 1944), American politician, U.S. Minister to SAINT Lucia, 1979-81 [10]
  • ... (Another 65 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales


Suggested Readings for the name Shelton +

  • 297 Sheldons at Bicentennial by Keith M. Sheldon, Descendants of Jessee Shelton and Some Related Families by Cecil Shelton, Ralph Shelton Family in Early Virginia by Frank H. Shelton.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SINGAPORE (aka SINCAPORE) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Singapore.gif
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  8. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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