Shipe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Shipe is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a person who worked as a shepherd, the guardian of the sheep. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word sceap, meaning sheep and hierde meaning herdsman. While this traditional understand of the surname's meaning is in many ways self explanatory today, in examining the Coat of Arms invariably we find battle axes. This is not surprising as the ancient shepherds were employed to dig sod around the embattlements of a Saxon village as a means of defense, hence the term "the shepherd's ring." Their tools were battle axes.
Early Origins of the Shipe family
The surname Shipe was first found in the Southern counties of England, where they could be found from early times. Early recorded instances of the name include William Sepherd listed in Rotuli Hundredorum, in Oxfordshire in 1279.  The same rolls listed Margaret le Sephirde in Huntingdon and Walter le Schepherde in Cambridgeshire.  Henry Sephurde was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex of 1296 while Walter le Shepperde was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire in 1307. 
Early History of the Shipe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shipe research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1317, 1327, 1399, 1413, 1515, 1559, 1605, 1649, 1635, 1648, 1720, 1634, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Shipe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shipe Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Shipe include Shepherd, Shephard, Sheppard, Sheppeard, Shepperd and others.
Early Notables of the Shipe family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Shepherd, alias Thwattes, of Derbyshire, who were a noble family during the reign of Henry IV (ruled 1399-1413); John Sheppard (c.1515-1559) English composer & organist, considered one of the finest English church composers of the Tudor era; Thomas Shepard (1605-1649), born in Towcester...
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Migration of the Shipe family to Ireland
Some of the Shipe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Shipe migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Shipe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Shipe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Shipe, aged 22, originally from Roscommon, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Arizona" from Liverpool, England 
Shipe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Solomon Shipe, aged 29, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England 
- Emma Shipe, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Chicago" from Havre, France 
Contemporary Notables of the name Shipe (post 1700) +
- Maria Shipe, American top goalscorer in the 2011 Women's League Soccer season
- Col. Monroe M. Shipe, American founder of Hyde Park, Austin Texas in 1892; his home was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 29, 1983
- C. E. Shipe, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1972 
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The Shipe Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et virtute
Motto Translation: By fidelity and valour.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Y5-86V : 6 December 2014), Thos. Shipe, 15 May 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Arizona, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXLZ-QZV : 6 December 2014), Solomon Shipe, 24 Nov 1907; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNRD-F2X : 6 December 2014), Emma Shipe, 25 Aug 1913; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html