Shoebottom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shoebottom family

The surname Shoebottom was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat. This ancient name had a variety of spellings from Shovellbottom to Shoebottom. That it is a Lancashire name cannot be questioned. All historians agree that the 'bottom' appendage merely indicates that the original holder held the 'bottom land' or the choice land of the valley. The location is in south east Lancashire or possibly eastern Cheshire but the name has appeared anciently in Walton, Middleton, Cheetham, Tottington, Bury Skelmersdale, and many other places.

One of the first records of the family was Richard de Schyppewallebothem who was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1285. [1] This source claims the name is from Shipperbottom, Lancashire, but we cannot find such a place today.

Cheshire has the most modern representatives of the name. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year Richard de Schypperwallebottom held estates in 1285. Holders of the name, all in Lancashire, subsequently spelt it Shepobotham (1579,) Shippobotham (1582,) Geroge Shupplebottom 1621, Charles Shifabotham 1626 and Richard Shufflebotham in 1674. [2]

For the most part, these entries came from the Wills at Chester: James Shepobotham, of Heap, Bury, 1579; Francis Shippowbotham, Tottington, 1602; George Shupplebotham, of the parish of Bury, 1621; James Shipplebotham, of Heap, Bury, 1642; and Richard Shufflebotham, of Betchton, 1674. [2]

Early History of the Shoebottom family

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Shoebottom Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shufflebotham, Shufflebottom, Shufflebotam, Shovelbottom, Shoebotham, Shovellbottom, Shovell, Shubotham, Shubottom and many more.

Early Notables of the Shoebottom family (pre 1700)

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Canada Shoebottom migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shoebottom Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann Shoebottom, who settled in Ontario in 1818
  • John Shoebottom, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Shoebottom (post 1700) +

  • Bruce Shoebottom, 1983 NHL ice hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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