Show ContentsShippee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The descendants of the Boernician tribe of ancient Scotland were the first to use Shippee as a surname. It is a name for a shepherd, one who guarded sheep. In Scotland, the name was often Latinized as pastor in early charters. 1 In this latter case, the Biblical reference to paschal lamb, the Lamb of God or Agnus Dei should be understood.

Early Origins of the Shippee family

The surname Shippee was first found in Peebles, where William and Walter Shepherd (recorded in the Latin form "Pastor") were cited in legal documents in the year 1262. One hundred years later we find a branch of the family in Morayshire, where Henricus Scyphard held land in Elgin in 1363. 1

Early History of the Shippee family

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Shippee Spelling Variations

Over the years, Shippee has been written It appears under these variations because medieval scribes spelled names according to sound rather than by any over-arching set of rules. Shepherd, Sheppard, Shepphard, Sheepheard, Sheepherd, Shippert, Shepard, Shephard and many more.

Early Notables of the Shippee family

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Shippee Ranking

In the United States, the name Shippee is the 16,349th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

Ireland Migration of the Shippee family to Ireland

Some of the Shippee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Shippee family

When these Boernician-Scottish settlers arrived in North America they brought little with them and often had restart their lives from scratch. Through time, much of their heritage was lost, and it is only this century through Clan societies and highland games that many have recovered their national heritage. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Shippee family to immigrate North America: John Shepherd, who sailed from Aberdeen to Quebec in 1834 and settled near Brantford Ontario; John Shepherd was a Loyalist with the Royal Garrison Battalion, who moved to Nova Scotia in 1784..

Contemporary Notables of the name Shippee (post 1700) +

  • W. A. Shippee, American politician, California State Senator
  • Wanton A. Shippee, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 4th California District, 1909 3
  • Franklin M. Shippee, American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Mendon, 1888 3
  • Elmer R. Shippee, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1952 3

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from on Facebook