The Shepham name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Shepham was originally a name given to someone who worked as a person who worked as a mariner or as a ship-builder. Occupational
names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic surnames.
The most common suffixes for occupational names are maker, herd, hewer, smith, er, ing, and man.
Early Origins of the Shepham family
The surname Shepham was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Shepham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shepham research.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1662, 1664, 1639 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Shepham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shepham 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 Shepham 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 Shepham include: Shipman, Shippman, Chipman, Shipham and others.
Early Notables of the Shepham family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Abraham Shipman (d. 1664), English first Governor and General of the city of Bombay (1662-1664); and Edward Shippen (1639-1712), English-born immigrant to Boston who was whipped for being a Quaker, after which he was invited... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shepham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shepham family to the New World and Oceana
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 Shepham or a variant listed above: William Shipman settled in Virginia in 1635; Edward Shipman settled in Saybrook in 1639; and he was from the Nottingham
branch of the name, and he was the sire of the distinguished U.S. family of Connecticut.