The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Shiplett family lived in Derbyshire
, at Shipley,
from where they derived their name.
Early Origins of the Shiplett family
The surname Shiplett was first found in Derbyshire
where they were granted the lands of Shipley, originally spelled Scipelie, by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Shiplett family
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Shiplett Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Shipley, Shiplie, Skiplie, Schipley and others.
Early Notables of the Shiplett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shiplett family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Shiplett or a variant listed above: Thomas Shipley, with his wife Elizabeth, and son and daughter, who settled in Fort Cumberland
, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1774; Robert Shipley settled in Barbados in 1671.