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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.


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.

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


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 Shipp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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

  • 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
  • Billy Shipp (b. 1929), American-born, former Canadian CFL football player
  • ...

Shipp Historic Events

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 on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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

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    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Shipp Family Crest was acquired from the 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 10 August 2016 at 12:27.

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