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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Shipley family, who lived in Derbyshire, at Shipley, from where they derived their name.

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The surname Shipley 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.

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Shipley, Shiplie, Skiplie, Schipley and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shipley research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1769 is included under the topic Early Shipley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Shipley or a variant listed above:

Shipley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jo Shipley settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Shipley, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Shipley settled in Virginia in 1660
  • Adam Shipley, who arrived in America in 1668
  • Robert Shipley settled in Barbados in 1671

Shipley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William, Shipley Jr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Martin Shipley, who arrived in New Jersey in 1754
  • Martin Shipley settled in New Jersey in 1754
  • John Shipley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1775

Shipley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Shipley settled in New York State in 1820

Shipley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Shipley, with his wife Elizabeth, and son and daughter, who settled in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1774
  • Thomas Shipley, aged 31, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Thos Shipley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774

Shipley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Philip Shipley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1836

Shipley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Shipley, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Shipley, aged 57, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"
  • Eliza Shipley, aged 16, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"
  • Ellen Shipley, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"
  • Mary Ann Shipley, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"

Shipley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Matthew Shipley, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Jane Shipley, aged 38, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842

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  • Tom Shipley, American musician, best known as a member of the American folk rock duo Brewer & Shipley
  • Jordan Shipley (b. 1985), American NFL football wide receiver
  • Howard Burton Shipley (1890-1976), American athlete and coach for the Maryland Terrapins at the University of Maryland (1919-1920)
  • J. Frank Shipley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1952
  • George Edward Shipley (b. 1927), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1959-79; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Mrs. George Shipley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1944
  • Edward R. Shipley, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Springfield, Missouri, 1877-85
  • Mrs. D. E. Shipley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1932
  • Carl L. Shipley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1960, 1964
  • Adam R. Shipley, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Portland, Oregon, 1854-61

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  • The Shipleys of Maryland, 1968; A Study of the Descendants of Adam Shipley, of Yorkshire, England, who came to Annapolis, Maryland, in 1668 .
  • Ten Generations of Descendants of Fisherman David Shapley of Marblehead, Mass. by Brian Joe Lobley Berry.
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The Shipley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shipley 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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