Shenton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shenton family

The surname Shenton 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 Shenton family

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Shenton Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Shenton family (pre 1700)

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United States Shenton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shenton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nathan Shenton, who arrived in Philadelphia sometime between 1709 and 1710
  • Nathan Shenton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1709-1710 [2]
  • Hannah Shenton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710 [2]
  • Hannah Shenton, who settled in Philadelphia in 1710
Shenton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Shenton, who settled in Philadelphia in 1861

Australia Shenton migration to Australia +

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

Shenton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

West Indies Shenton migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Shenton Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Shenton, who settled in Barbados in 1678
  • Jane Shenton, who settled in Barbados in 1678
  • Grace Shenton, who settled in Barbados in 1678
  • Samuell Shenton, who settled in Barbados in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Shenton (post 1700) +

  • William Kernot Shenton (1836-1877), English sculptor who exhibited medallion portraits at the Royal Academy from 1857 to 1871, brother of Henry Shenton
  • Henry Chawner Shenton (1825-1846), English sculptor who studied in the schools of the Royal Academy and at Rome, son of Henry Shenton
  • Henry Chawner Shenton (1803-1866), English engraver, born at Winchester
  • Keith Shenton Harris (1947-2015), English ventriloquist, best known for his television show The Keith Harris Show (1982-1990)
  • Douglas Shenton Annand (1903-1976), Australian graphic designer and artist


  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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/camden
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 4th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/equestrian
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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