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The surname Shovlin was first found in Hertfordshire, where the first record of the name was Aluricus Scoua who was listed in the Domesday Book. Leuuinus Scufe was listed c. 1067 in the reference "Old English Bynames" and Wulnod Scoue was listed as a Templar Knight in 1185. The name is probably derived from the Old English word "scufa," which means to "thrust, push." The name is often metonymic for Shoveller and it's variants. In this latter case, the name is a trade name for someone who makes "shovels." As the names are so similar phonetically, it is now difficult to clearly determine which origin is which.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shovel, Showl, Shovell, Shoveller, Shouler, Showler and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shovlin research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1609, 1703, 1777, 1650 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Shovlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shovlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Annie Shovlin, aged 20, who arrived in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1894
  • Susan Shovlin, aged 22, who arrived in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1898
  • Hugh Shovlin, aged 30, who arrived in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1899
  • Andrew Shovlin, aged 27, who arrived in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1899

Shovlin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Ellen Shovlin, aged 23, who arrived in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1900
  • John Shovlin, aged 24, who arrived in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1907
  • Patrick Shovlin, aged 24, who arrived in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1907
  • Catherine Shovlin, aged 24, who arrived in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1908
  • Bernard Shovlin, aged 24, who arrived in America from Andara, Ireland, in 1908


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  • John Shovlin, American Associate Professor of History at New York University
  • John Joseph Shovlin (1891-1976), American Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1911 to 1920 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Browns
  • Dr. Frank Shovlin, Irish professor of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool
  • Jamie Shovlin (b. 1978), British conceptual artist


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  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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  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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