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Early Origins of the Shenstone family

The surname Shenstone was first found in Staffordshire at Shenstone, a parish, in the union of Lichfield, S. division of the hundred of Offlow. [1] [2]

This parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was recorded as Seneste. [3] By the 11th century, the parish was known as Scenstan and literally meant "beautiful stone," from the Old English words "scene" + "stan." [4]

Another source has a slightly different Anglicization of the 11th century entry and explores the reason for the name: "Scenstan = the Bright Stone or Rock (Castle) [Old English scéone, bright, fair + stán, stone, rock, stone or rock castle] Shenstone is on a hill. In the parish 'was formerly a castle or fortification, the site of which is still called Castle- Field.' " [5]

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Today we typically need to look beyond the spellings of these entries and concentrate on a phonetic appreciation of the names. Richard de Scheneston was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire in 1275; Geoffrey de Shenstone was found in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1348; and William Shenston was recorded in the Feet of Fines for Warwickshire, 1426-1427. [6]

Early History of the Shenstone family

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Shenstone Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shenstone, Shenton, Shenston, Shentin, Shensten and others.

Early Notables of the Shenstone family (pre 1700)

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Canada Shenstone migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shenstone Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Shenstone, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • Jemima Shenstone, who settled in Ontario in 1871

Australia Shenstone migration to Australia +

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

Shenstone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Shenstone, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shenstone (post 1700) +

  • William Ashwell Shenstone FIC, FRS (1850-1908), English chemist, schoolmaster and published author from Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, son of James Burt Byron Shenstone, a pharmaceutical chemist in Colchester
  • William Shenstone (1714-1763), English poet, born at Halesowen, Worcestershire, son of Thomas who was son of William Shenstone of Lappal, born in 1686, a churchwarden of Halesowen, one of the earliest practitioners of landscape gardening through the development of his estate, The Leasowes
  • Clare Noel Shenstone (b. 1948), English artist, known for her cloth relief heads and her figure drawings
  • Michael Shenstone (1928-2019), Canadian diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ambassador to Austria, and Department of Foreign Affairs director-general of African and Middle Eastern Affairs
  • Beverley Strahan Shenstone MASc, HonFRAes, FAIAA, AFIAS, FCAISI, HonOSTIV (1906-1979), Canadian aerodynamicist often credited with developing the aerodynamics of the Supermarine Spitfire elliptical wing
  • Allen Goodrich Shenstone OBE, MC (1893-1980), Canadian physicist, professor in the Department of Physics at Princeton University (1925–1962), known for his work in the field of atomic spectroscopy

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  6. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook