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Shepley is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Shepley family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Shepley family lived in Shepley is a village in the civil parish of Kirkburton, West Yorkshire. The name Shepley is believed to be of Anglo-Saxon origin and literally means "a meadow where sheep are kept".

Shepley Early Origins



The surname Shepley 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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Shepley Spelling Variations


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Shepley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Shepley have been found, including Shepley, Shipley, Shiplie, Skiplie, Schipley and others.

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Shepley Early History


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Shepley Early History



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

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Shepley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shepley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Shepley were among those contributors:

Shepley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Shepley, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Honor Shepley, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • Adam Shepley, who landed in Maryland in 1675

Shepley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Abel Shepley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Enoch Shepley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Hannah Shepley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • John Shepley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Sarah Shepley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shepley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shepley (post 1700)



  • George L. Shepley, American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 1902-03
  • George Foster Shepley (1819-1878), American politician, Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1862; Governor of Louisiana; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1868
  • Ether Shepley (1789-1877), American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives, 1819; Delegate to Maine State Constitutional Convention, 1820; U.S. Senator from Maine, 1833-36
  • Ethan A. H. Shepley, American Republican politician, Candidate for Governor of Missouri, 1964
  • Mrs. C. M. Shepley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1944
  • Aaron Shepley, American politician, Mayor of Crystal Lake, Illinois, 2007-11
  • Ethan Allen Hitchcock Shepley (1896-1975), Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis from 1953 to 1961
  • Ether Shepley (1789-1877), American politician
  • George Foster Shepley (1860-1903), American architect in the firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge
  • George F. Shepley (1819-1878), American Civil War general, 18th Governor of Louisiana
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Shepley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shepley 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.

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