Shiply History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Shiply is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Shiply family 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. " 
Early Origins of the Shiply family
The surname Shiply 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. 
"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." 
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. 
"Both places seem to have been originally spelt Scheplay, so both Shepley and Shipley as surnames are now inextricably mixed." 
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. 
Early History of the Shiply family
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Shiply Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Shiply include Shipley, Shiplie, Skiplie, Schipley and others.
Early Notables of the Shiply family (pre 1700)
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| Shiply migration to the United States ||+|
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Shiplys to arrive on North American shores:
Shiply Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Hen Shiply, who landed in Virginia in 1657 
- Daniel Shiply, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 
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