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

Shibley is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Shibley family lived in Derbyshire, at Shipley, from where they derived their name.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Shibley has been recorded under many different variations, including Shipley, Shiplie, Skiplie, Schipley and others.

First found in Derbyshire where they were granted the lands of Shipley, originally spelled Scipelie, by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shibley research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1769 is included under the topic Early Shibley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Shibleys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Shibley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Shibley, aged 21, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739

Shibley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lutfalla Shibley, who arrived in Arkansas in 1904


  • Jesse Lee "Arkie" Shibley (1914-1975), American country singer
  • Gail Shibley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2004
  • Schuyler Shibley (1820-1890), Canadian businessman and politician, Ontario Liberal-Conservative member from 1872 to 1878


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The Shibley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shibley 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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