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Shillinglaw Early Origins



The surname Shillinglaw was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Shillingford. This unusual 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.

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Shillinglaw Spelling Variations


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Shillinglaw Spelling Variations



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

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Shillinglaw Early History


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Shillinglaw Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shillinglaw research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Shillinglaw History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shillinglaw Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shillinglaw Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Will Shillingford who settled in Jamaica in 1773.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shillinglaw (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shillinglaw (post 1700)



  • Robert Shillinglaw (b. 1953), American lacrosse coach, head coach of the University of Delaware Mens Lacrosse team since 1978
  • Anthony Laird Shillinglaw (b. 1937), former English cricketer from Birkenhead, Cheshire
  • Harold Arthur Edward Shillinglaw (1927-2016), Australian rules footballer who played for Fitzroy from 1945 to 1951
  • Brian Shillinglaw (1939-2007), nicknamed "Shill", a Scottish rugby union and rugby league player who played in the 1960s

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    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Shillinglaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shillinglaw 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 2 May 2016 at 14:29.

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