Shiflett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Shiflett family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Early Origins of the Shiflett family

The surname Shiflett was first found in Austria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in Austrian affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Shiflett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shiflett research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1708 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Shiflett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shiflett Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Shiflett include Schiff, Schiffner, Schifer, Schiffs, Schiffe and many more.

Early Notables of the Shiflett family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shiflett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Shiflett migration to the United States +

Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Shiflett or a variant listed above:

Shiflett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Shiflett, who landed in Virginia in 1712 [1]
Shiflett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • R. Shiflett, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Liberty Bell" from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shiflett (post 1700) +

  • Sam Shiflett, American art director, known for his work on Palo Alto, CA (2007), White Fur (2014) and There's a Place with Adam Papagan (2015)
  • Chris Shiflett (b. 1971), American actor and composer from Santa Barbara, California, known for his work on Real Steel (2011), Boyhood (2014) and Orange County (2002)
  • Mike Shiflett, American actor, known for Lincoln (2012), Loving (2016) and Killing Kennedy (2013)
  • Scott David Shiflett (b. 1966), American bassist
  • Christopher Aubrey "Chris" Shiflett (b. 1971), American lead guitarist for the rock band Foo Fighters

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), R. Shiflett, 16 Jun 1920; citing departure port Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, arrival port New York, ship name Liberty Bell, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). on Facebook
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