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Early Origins of the Shimp family

The surname Shimp was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Later Wycombe, Buckinghamshire was home to quite a number of the family: "From the reign of James I. to that of George III. sixteen mayors of Wycombe bore this name; six of these during the early portion of last century were called Ferdinando." 1 2

Harrison goes on to note that the name is "fairly common in Oxfordshire," and that it may denote "the Farm or Estate of Shrimp, a nickname [Middle English shrimp, a shrimp; from Old English scrimman.]" 2

Early History of the Shimp family

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Shimp Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shrimpton, Shrempton, Shimpton, Shempton and others.

Early Notables of the Shimp family

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Shimp Ranking

In the United States, the name Shimp is the 16,350th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 3

Migration of the Shimp family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Shimp (post 1700) +

  • Nathan B. Shimp, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 13th District, 1980 4
  • John Shimp, American politician, Mayor of Canton, Ohio, 1877-79 4

  1. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from on Facebook