Shipley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Alternatively, the name could have originated "from Shipley (pasture for sheep), the name of several places in England. " [1]

Early Origins of the Shipley family

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.

Today Shipley is a township, in the parish of Heanor, union of Basford, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch. Shipley is also a township, in the parish of Eglingham, union of Alnwick, N. division of Coquetdale ward and of Northumberland and a parish, in the union of Horsham, hundred of West Grinstead, rape of Bramber, W. division of Sussex. [2]

"The ancient castle of Knap, here, which appears to have been founded in an early period of the Norman era, was visited by King John in 1206 and 1215, and was garrisoned during the Parliamentary War." [2]

One branch of the family may have originated in Shipley, a parish in West Riding of Yorkshire, three miles from Bradford or at Shepley, a township in the parish of Kirk Burton, West Riding of Yorkshire.

Interestingly, the Yorkshire Shipley occurs as Scipeleia in Domesday Book of 1086. [3]

"Both places seem to have been originally spelt Scheplay, so both Shepley and Shipley as surnames are now inextricably mixed." [4]

And it is Yorkshire where we find the first records of the family. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Katerine de Scheplay; Joanna de Scheplay; and Adam de Scheplay as all holding lands there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Shipley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shipley research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 176 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Shipley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shipley Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Shipley family (pre 1700)

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


United States Shipley migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Shipley, aged 21, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Richard Shipley, who settled in Virginia in 1660
  • Adam Shipley, who arrived in America in 1668 [5]
  • Robert Shipley, who settled in Barbados in 1671
Shipley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William, Shipley Jr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750 [5]
  • Martin Shipley, who arrived in New Jersey in 1754 [5]
  • Martin Shipley, who settled in New Jersey in 1754
  • John Shipley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1775 [5]
Shipley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Shipley, who settled in New York State in 1820

Canada Shipley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Thomas 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

Australia Shipley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [6]
  • George Shipley, aged 57, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" [7]
  • Eliza Shipley, aged 16, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" [7]
  • Ellen Shipley, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" [7]
  • Mary Ann Shipley, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" [7]

New Zealand Shipley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Shipley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Matthew Shipley, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Jane Shipley, aged 38, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Lt. Shipley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "True Briton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1853 [8]
  • Mrs. Ann Shipley, (b. 1838), aged 25, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [9]
  • Mr. Burton Shipley, (b. 1838), aged 25, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Shipley (post 1700) +

  • William Shipley (1714-1803), English founder of originator of "Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce," now known as the "Royal Society of Arts," the son of Jonathan Shipley (d. 1749) ‘of Walbrook, Middlesex, gent.,’
  • 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 [10]
  • George Edward Shipley (b. 1927), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1959-79; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972 [10]
  • Mrs. George Shipley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1944 [10]
  • Edward R. Shipley, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Springfield, Missouri, 1877-85 [10]
  • Mrs. D. E. Shipley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1932 [10]
  • Carl L. Shipley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1960, 1964 [10]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Michael D Shipley (b. 1958), American Specialist 4th Class from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA who died in the crash [11]


Suggested Readings for the name Shipley +

  • 1537 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.

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 2nd August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Calabar 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550


Houseofnames.com on Facebook
Shipping
Fastest Delivery Possible

Digital Products on Checkout, all other products filled in 1 business day

Money Back
Money Back Guarantee

Yes, all products 100% Guaranteed

Support
BBB A+ Rating

The Best Rating possible

Payment
Secure Online Payment

Entire site uses SSL / Secure Certificate