Shrewsberry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shrewsberry family

The surname ShrewsBerry was first found in Shropshire where the surname is descended from the tenant of the town and lands of Shrewsbury, held by Earl Roger, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

One of the earliest records of the family was Robert of Shrewsbury (d. 1167), hagiologist and prior of Shrewsbury in 1137, when he was sent in search of St. Wenefred's bones. He became fifth abbot before 1160, and died in 1167.

Years later, Ralph of Shrewsbury (died 1363) was "Bishop of Bath and Wells, a doctor of theology and canon law, and keeper of the king's wardrobe, received, it is doubtfully said, a prebend of Salisbury in 1297, and was also a canon of Wells. " [1]

Early History of the Shrewsberry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shrewsberry research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1379, 1332 and 1250 are included under the topic Early Shrewsberry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shrewsberry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shrewsbury, Shruesbury, Shrosbury, Shrosbree, Shrowsbry, Shrewbree, Shrewsbry and many more.

Early Notables of the Shrewsberry family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the ShrewsBerry family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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