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Early Origins of the Shillingford family

The surname Shillingford was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Shillingford. This unique name is easily explained by any tax collector at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book a census taken 1086 by Duke William of Normandy after his Conquest of England in 1066. Shillingford lands represented the annual tax payable to the King via his under-tenant. One shilling of taxes per year in those days meant a sizeable piece of land of many acres.

The lands of Shillingford, originally called Selingforde in Devon were occupied by William Cheever at that time, who held his lands from Fulchere, a Norman noble.

Conjecturally, the Shillingfords are descended from this Norman. The toll extracted from travelers for crossing the river Exe obviously related also to the person of Shillingworth, an abbreviation of Shillingworthy, hence, the surname Shillingworth is similarly from the same origin.

Shillingworthy described a freeman, next in rank below the Lord of the Manor, who was a worthy, that is a person who had sole and indisputable possession of a means of income from a particular source, such as Mucksworthy, the most valuable commodity in this strictly agricultural community, where the right to graze in a pasture and the right to collect and sell the manure made anyone a rich man.

To reinforce this statement of power, there also emerged the name Shillinglaw, a person who virtually wrote his own local rules about who and how much would be charged for this vital ford crossing of the River Exe to Exeter, one of the largest towns in England at the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, it having 300 King's houses.

Early History of the Shillingford family

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Shillingford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sellingford, Shillingford, Shillingforde, Selingforde, Sellingforde, Shillingworth, Shillingworthy, Shillinglaw and many more.

Early Notables of the Shillingford family (pre 1700)

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West Indies Shillingford migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [1]
Shillingford Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Will Shillingford who settled in Jamaica in 1773

Contemporary Notables of the name Shillingford (post 1700) +

  • Neva Shillingford, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996 [2]
  • Irvine Theodore Shillingford (1944-2023), West Indian cricketer who played four Tests and two ODIs in 1977 and 1978
  • Shane Shillingford (b. 1983), West Indian cricketer
  • John Parsons Shillingford M.D. FRCP FACC, Angiocardiology, Director Cardiovascular Research Unit, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London
  • Ron Shillingford (b. 1958), editor of the Caribbean Times, and best-selling author
  • Grayson Cleophas Shillingford (b. 1944), former West Indian cricketer
  • Robert Shillingford Babcock (1915-1985), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State Senate, 1951-54, 1957-58 [3]

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  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook