Show ContentsShipp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Shipp family

The surname Shipp was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Shipp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shipp research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1662, 1664, 1632, 1680, 1603, 1658, 1639, 1712, 1673, 1743, 1635, 1653, 1665, 1667, 1670, 1676, 1678 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Shipp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shipp Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Shipp 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. [1] 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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Shipp Ranking

In the United States, the name Shipp is the 2,182nd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [2]

United States Shipp migration to the United States +

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
  • Richard Shipp, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [3]

Australia Shipp migration to Australia +

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

Shipp Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Shipp, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]

West Indies Shipp migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Shipp Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Jefferie Shipp, aged 24, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shipp (post 1700) +

  • Jerome Franklin 'Jerry" Shipp (1935-2021), American basketball player who played for the U.S. national team at the 1963 FIBA World Championship, 1963 Pan American Games and 1964 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal at the latter two competitions
  • Scott Shipp (1839-1917), American military figure
  • Matthew Shipp (b. 1960), American pianist
  • Marcel Shipp (b. 1978), American football player
  • Ken Shipp (b. 1929), American football coach
  • Josh Shipp (b. 1986), American basketball player
  • John Wesley Shipp (b. 1956), American actor
  • Jeremy C. Shipp, American writer
  • Jackie Shipp (b. 1962), American football player
  • Charley Shipp (1913-1988), American basketball player
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leslie F Shipp (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [6]

Suggested Readings for the name Shipp +

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

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from
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  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook