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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Shilston, Shilson, Shillingston, Shillson, Sheilson, Shillston, Chilson, Chilston, Chillson and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Shilston, held by Richard and Osbern from the Count of Mortain, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shingler research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1567 is included under the topic Early Shingler History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shingler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Shingler, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Shingler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jost Shingler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743


  • Lisa Shingler, American actress, known for Babes in the Wood (1998), The Vanishing Man (1996) and Coronation Street (1960)
  • Terrence Shingler (b. 1983), American actor, best known for his role in the Netflix show "House of Cards"
  • Brigadier-General Don Gilmore Shingler (1896-1963), American Commanding General Task Group 3.2 in 1950
  • Herbert A. Shingler, American politician, Representative from New York, 1946, 1948, 1952; American Labor Candidate for borough President of Queens, New York, 1953
  • Helen Shingler (b. 1919), British film actress, known for The Rossiter Case (1951), Judgment Deferred (1952) and The Caretaker's Daughter (1952)
  • Aaron Craig Shingler (b. 1987), Wales international rugby union player and former cricketer, older brother of Steven Shingler
  • Steven Shingler (b. 1991), Welsh professional rugby union player for the Scarlets


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Shingler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shingler 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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