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Shepler is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Shepler family lived in Shepley is a village in the civil parish of Kirkburton, West Yorkshire. The name Shepler is believed to be of Anglo-Saxon origin and literally means "a meadow where sheep are kept".

Shepler Early Origins



The surname Shepler was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where they were granted the lands of Shepley, originally spelled Scipelie (Scipeleia) in the Domesday Book. Early records show that village was also once named Scheplay. One of the first records of the name was Matthew of Sheplei who was knighted in 1217. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 have at least three listings of the early Scheplay spelling including: Katerine Scheplay; Joanna de Scheplay; and Adam de Scheplay. Shipley is a village in the south-east of Derbyshire which also dates back to the Domesday Book where Shipley Hall is mentioned by name.

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Shepler Spelling Variations


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Shepler Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Shepley, Shipley, Shiplie, Skiplie, Schipley and others.

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Shepler Early History


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Shepler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shepler research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1769 is included under the topic Early Shepler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shepler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shepler Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shepler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Shepler or a variant listed above were:

Shepler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Theodore Shepler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shepler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shepler (post 1700)



  • Stephen E. Shepler, American politician, Mayor of Elkins, West Virginia, 1989
  • Ralph S. Shepler, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Elkins, West Virginia, 1968-70
  • Matthias Shepler (1790-1863), American Democrat politician, Member of Ohio State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Ohio 18th District, 1837-39
  • Captain William H. Shepler, American founder of Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, Michigan
  • Dwight Shepler (1905-1974), American naval officer and painter, President of the Guild of Boston Artists
  • Matthias Shepler (1790-1863), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1837-1839)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The Shepler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shepler 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 19 October 2015 at 13:28.

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