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Early Origins of the Shrewsbury family

The surname Shrewsbury 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 Shrewsbury family

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Shrewsbury Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Shrewsbury family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • the Shrewsbury family of Shropshire

Shrewsbury Ranking

In the United States, the name Shrewsbury is the 16,348th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

Migration of the Shrewsbury 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..

Contemporary Notables of the name Shrewsbury (post 1700) +

  • Charles Shrewsbury, American salt-barge riverboat captain, flour manufacturer and pork merchant who had the Charles L. Shrewsbury House built in Madison, Indiana in 1848, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994
  • Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb (1876-1944), American author, humorist, and columnist

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook