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The surname Shingler was 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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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  • 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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Citations



  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. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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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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