The many generations and branches of the Shippham family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name reveals that an early member 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 Shippham family
The surname Shippham 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 Shippham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shippham research.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1664, 1662, 1664, 1639 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Shippham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shippham Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Shippham were recorded, including Shipman, Shippman, Chipman, Shipham and others.
Early Notables of the Shippham 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 Shippham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shippham family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Shippham family emigrate to North America: 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.