Show ContentsShipman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Shipman 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 mariner or as a ship-builder. [1] [2] 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. The most common suffixes for occupational names are maker, herd, hewer, smith, er, ing, and man.

Early Origins of the Shipman family

The surname Shipman was first found in Rutland, where we find the Latin version of the name Schipemannus in the Pipe Rolls of 1130. Later in Norfolk, Scipmanus was found c. 1250 and in Huntingdonshire, Hubert Scipman was found in 1221. Essex records show Simon le Sipman Schipman in 1267 and 1290. Ironically William Scipman who was found in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1243 "drowned from a boat in the water of the Parret." [3]

Richard le Schepman was registered in Hertfordshire in 1296 and later, Adam le Schepman was found in Essex in 1316. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included an entry for William Schippeman, Lincolnshire. In Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 revealed: Willelmus de Seyton, schypmane; Robertus Shypman; Richard Harman, shippeman; and Willelmus Shipman. [1]

The famous Shippen family in America originated in Monk Fryston, North Yorkshire. Edward Shippen (1639-1712) was born in Methley, now in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire after his parents moved there in 1626. Edward was appointed to a one-year term by William Penn in 1701 as Mayor of Philadelphia.

Early History of the Shipman family

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Shipman 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 Shipman include Shipman, Shippman, Chipman, Shipham and others.

Early Notables of the Shipman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Abraham Shipman (d. 1664), English first Governor and General of the city of Bombay (1662-1664.) Thomas Shipman (1632-1680), as a Royalist poet, eldest son of William Shipman (1603-1658), an ardent Royalist with a small estate in Nottinghamshire. [4] Edward Shippen (1639-1712), was an English-born immigrant to Boston who was whipped for being a Quaker, after which he was invited by William Penn to the new city of Philadelphia where he rose to become the second mayor of Philadelphia and progenitor to Continental Congressman William Shippen, Edward Shippen II, another...
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Shipman Ranking

In the United States, the name Shipman is the 1,922nd most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [5]

United States Shipman 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 Shipman were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Shipman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Shipman, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Shipman, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Edward Shipman, who settled in Saybrook in 1639
  • Edward Shipman, who arrived in Connecticut in 1639 [6]
  • Martha Shipman, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [6]
Shipman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H. Shipman, who arrived in San Francisco in 1850

Canada Shipman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shipman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Shipman Sr., U.E. (b. 1733) born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA from Albany County, New York, USA who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1784 married to Kezia Horton in 1759 having 9 children, he died in 1809 [7]
  • Mr. Samuel Shipman U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]
Shipman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Shipman, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Australia Shipman migration to Australia +

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

Shipman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Shipman, British convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Joseph Shipman, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Isidore Shipman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shipman (post 1700) +

  • William Davis Shipman (1818-1898), United States federal judge
  • William Shipman (1831-1894), American sailor during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher on January 15, 1865
  • Helen Shipman (1899-1984), American Broadway singer, dancer and actress
  • Herbert Shipman (1869-1930), American suffragan bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New York
  • Dee Shipman, American songwriter, best known for co-writing the 1990 West End musical Someone Like You
  • Claire Shipman, American television journalist who received a Peabody Award for her work covering the 1991 Soviet coup
  • David Shipman (1730-1813), American colonist who is generally considered to be the real-life inspiration for James Fenimore Cooper's character Natty Bumppo
  • Gary Shipman (b. 1966), American comic book artist
  • Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950), American landscape architect
  • Ernest Shipman, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 7 aerial victories
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Suggested Readings for the name Shipman +

  • Mount Hope by Pauline Callaway Sheriff.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  9. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 23rd August 2020 from
  10. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1851. Retrieved on Facebook