Shoaff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The lineage of the name Shoaff begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the village of Scholes in the parish of Barwick in the West Riding of Yorkshire. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 Scholes was the site of three churches and three mills.
Early Origins of the Shoaff family
The surname Shoaff was first found in Yorkshire where the name is associated with the village of Scholes in the parish of Barwick which is about nine miles from Leeds, in the West Riding of that county. In 1086 this parish was held by Ilbert de Lacy, and was the site of 3 Churches and 3 mills, today there are still the remains of a bailey, a moat, and a Saxon cross.
Early History of the Shoaff family
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Shoaff Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Shoaff has undergone many spelling variations, including Scholes, Scholl, Scholles, Schoall, Schoalles, Scole, Scoles, Scoyles, Scoyle, Scayle, Scayles, Schoales and many more.
Early Notables of the Shoaff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shoaff family to Ireland
Some of the Shoaff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shoaff migration to the United States +
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Shoaff were among those contributors:
Shoaff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jacob Shoaff, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1826 
- Valentine Shoaff, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1826 
- Adam Shoaff, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1832 
Shoaff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alice T. Shoaff, who arrived in America, in 1910
- Fred B. Shoaff, who arrived in America, in 1910
Contemporary Notables of the name Shoaff (post 1700) +
- John Earl Shoaff (1916-1965), American entrepreneur, nicknamed "The Millionaire Maker"
- Benton "Benny" Shoaff (1897-1960), American Indy 500 racecar driver
- James B. Shoaff, American politician, Mayor of Decatur, Illinois, 1858
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)