Shiveley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Shiveley was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Shiveley family lived in Derbyshire, at Shipley, from where they derived their name.

Alternatively, the name could have originated "from Shipley (pasture for sheep), the name of several places in England. " [1]

Early Origins of the Shiveley family

The surname Shiveley was first found in Derbyshire where they were granted the lands of Shipley, originally spelled Scipelie, by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Today Shipley is a township, in the parish of Heanor, union of Basford, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch. Shipley is also a township, in the parish of Eglingham, union of Alnwick, N. division of Coquetdale ward and of Northumberland and a parish, in the union of Horsham, hundred of West Grinstead, rape of Bramber, W. division of Sussex. [2]

"The ancient castle of Knap, here, which appears to have been founded in an early period of the Norman era, was visited by King John in 1206 and 1215, and was garrisoned during the Parliamentary War." [2]

One branch of the family may have originated in Shipley, a parish in West Riding of Yorkshire, three miles from Bradford or at Shepley, a township in the parish of Kirk Burton, West Riding of Yorkshire.

Interestingly, the Yorkshire Shipley occurs as Scipeleia in Domesday Book of 1086. [3]

"Both places seem to have been originally spelt Scheplay, so both Shepley and Shipley as surnames are now inextricably mixed." [4]

And it is Yorkshire where we find the first records of the family. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Katerine de Scheplay; Joanna de Scheplay; and Adam de Scheplay as all holding lands there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Shiveley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shiveley research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 176 and 1769 are included under the topic Early Shiveley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shiveley Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Shipley, Shiplie, Skiplie, Schipley and others.

Early Notables of the Shiveley family (pre 1700)

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United States Shiveley migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Shiveley or a variant listed above:

Shiveley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ever Shiveley, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Hellig Olav" from Copenhagen, Denmark [5]
  • Henry Shiveley, aged 47, arrived in New York in 1911 aboard the ship "Hellig Olav" from Christiania [6]
  • Mary Shiveley, aged 44, arrived in New York in 1911 aboard the ship "Hellig Olav" from Christiania [7]
  • John Shiveley, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Southampton, England [8]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFDJ-RM2 : 6 December 2014), Ever Shiveley, 30 Oct 1906; citing departure port Copenhagen, arrival port New York, ship name Hellig Olav, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJG7-JJ6 : 6 December 2014), Henry Shiveley, 19 Sep 1911; citing departure port Christiania, arrival port New York, ship name Hellig Olav, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJG7-JJX : 6 December 2014), Mary Shiveley, 19 Sep 1911; citing departure port Christiania, arrival port New York, ship name Hellig Olav, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN2H-5M4 : 6 December 2014), John Shiveley, 26 Aug 1922; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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