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Where did the English Shepherdson family come from? What is the English Shepherdson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shepherdson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shepherdson family history?

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Shepherdson has been recorded under many different variations, including Shipperdson, Shepperdson, Sheppardson, Shepperson and many more.

First found in Durham in the north east of England where they were a family name of great antiquity.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shepherdson research. Another 342 words(24 lines of text) covering the year 1659 is included under the topic Early Shepherdson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Shepherdson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Shepherdson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Shepherdson or a variant listed above:

Shepherdson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Fra Shepherdson, who landed in Virginia in 1706

Shepherdson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Craike Shepherdson arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
  • Jabez Banks Shepherdson arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
  • John Shepherdson arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
  • John Banks Shepherdson arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
  • Marianne Shepherdson arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837


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The Shepherdson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shepherdson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:59.

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