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Where did the English Shipp family come from? What is the English Shipp family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shipp family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shipp family history?

The Shipp name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Shipp was originally a name given to someone who worked as 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.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Shipp are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Shipp include: Shipman, Shippman, Chipman, Shipham and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shipp research. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1662, 1664, 1639 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Shipp History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shipp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Shipp or a variant listed above:

Shipp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jefferie Shipp, aged 24, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Richard Shipp, who landed in Virginia in 1650


  • E. R. Shipp, American reporter who won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • Billy Shipp (b. 1929), American-born, former Canadian CFL football player
  • Charley Shipp (1913-1988), American basketball player
  • Jackie Shipp (b. 1962), American football player
  • Jeremy C. Shipp, American writer
  • John Wesley Shipp (b. 1956), American actor
  • Josh Shipp (b. 1986), American basketball player
  • Ken Shipp (b. 1929), American football coach
  • Marcel Shipp (b. 1978), American football player
  • Matthew Shipp (b. 1960), American pianist



  • The Shipp Family Genealogy by Ralph D. Shipp.
  • Family Affiliation of Abraham Shippee by Lenn Alan Bergsten.

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The Shipp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shipp 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.

This page was last modified on 30 June 2015 at 12:30.

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