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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?

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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.


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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.

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

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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

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


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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. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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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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