Shockley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shockley family

The surname Shockley was first found in Lancashire at Shakerley, which is now a suburb of Tyldesley in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester. Shakerley is derived from the Old English words "sceacere" + "leah" and literally meant "robbers woodland glade or clearing." [1]

The earliest record of the place name was Shakerlee in 1210. Adam de Shakerley was the first of the name living in the area about 1200.

Early History of the Shockley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shockley research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1650, 1631, 1651 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Shockley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shockley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shakerley, Shackerly, Shackerley, Shack and many more.

Early Notables of the Shockley family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Jeremy Shakerley ( fl. 1650), English astronomer and mathematician, was author of 'The Anatomy of Urania Practica,' or a short Mathematical Discourse. "Shakerley's chief claim to distinction is as the second observer of the transit of Mercury. The first transit was observed in 1631. According to...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shockley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Shockley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shockley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W. A. Shockley, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
Shockley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William H. Shockley, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Alice MacLaughlin Shockley, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Ottilie Shockley, aged 39, who settled in America, in 1904
  • A. Amy Shockley, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Wigan, England, in 1907
  • Hugh Shockley, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Shockley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Shockley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Shockley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shockley (post 1700) +

  • William Shockley (b. 1963), American actor and musician
  • Arnold Shockley, American professional football player
  • Marian Shockley (1911-1981), American film actress
  • John Costen Shockley (b. 1942), former Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Donald Eugene "D. J." Shockley (b. 1983), American football quarterback
  • William Bradford Shockley (1910-1989), American physicist and inventor, co-inventor of the transistor, recipient of the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • William P. Shockley Jr., American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Turin, 1929; Leghorn, 1932; Dresden, 1940; Lisbon, 1941
  • William P. Shockley, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Bordeaux, 1917; Genoa, 1919-21, 1929-32; Turin, 1926; Gothenberg, 1938
  • Tom A. Shockley, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Pulaski County, 1935-38, 1949-52
  • Myrtle Shockley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1996
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Shockley Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Antiquum Obtinens
Motto Translation: Possessing our ancient honour.


Suggested Readings for the name Shockley +

  • 2520 "Shockley" by Nancy Miller.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Phoebe.htm


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