Shenstone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shenstone family

The surname Shenstone was first found in Staffordshire 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] 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 Shenstone by Robert d'Oilly who held from Earl Roger who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. This large village contained a Mill.

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) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shenstone (post 1700) +

  • 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


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas


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