The Shipmen name was originally an Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a person who worked as a mariner or as a ship-builder. 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 Shipmen family
The surname Shipmen was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Shipmen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shipmen research.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1662, 1664, 1639 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Shipmen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shipmen Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Shipmen has undergone many spelling variations
, including Shipman, Shippman, Chipman, Shipham and others.
Early Notables of the Shipmen 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); and Edward Shippen (1639-1712), English-born immigrant to Boston who was whipped for being a Quaker, after which he was invited... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shipmen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shipmen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Shipmen were among those contributors: William Shipman settled in Virginia in 1635; Edward Shipman settled in Saybrook in 1639; and he was from the Nottingham
branch of the name, and he was the sire of the distinguished U.S. family of Connecticut.