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Early Origins of the Shrimpton family

The surname Shrimpton was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Later Wycombe, Buckinghamshire was home to quite a number of the family: "From the reign of James I. to that of George III. sixteen mayors of Wycombe bore this name; six of these during the early portion of last century were called Ferdinando." [1] [2]

Harrison goes on to note that the name is "fairly common in Oxfordshire," and that it may denote "the Farm or Estate of Shrimp, a nickname [Middle English shrimp, a shrimp; from Old English scrimman.]" [2]

Early History of the Shrimpton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shrimpton research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1167, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1563, 1600, 1701, 1704 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Shrimpton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shrimpton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shrimpton, Shrempton, Shimpton, Shempton and others.

Early Notables of the Shrimpton family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Major-General John Shrimpton, Member of Parliament for Whitchurch (1701-1707), Governor of Gibraltar (1704 to 1707)

United States Shrimpton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shrimpton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Shrimpton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639 [3]
Shrimpton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Berey Shrimpton, aged 8, who immigrated to America, in 1892
Shrimpton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wililam Charles Shrimpton, aged 20, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Eliza Shrimpton, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Sarah Shrimpton, aged 50, who immigrated to America from Bromsgrove, England, in 1911
  • Ernest Shrimpton, aged 27, who settled in America from Ash, England, in 1912
  • Frederick George Shrimpton, aged 40, who landed in America from Sydney, Australia, in 1912
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Australia Shrimpton migration to Australia +

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

Shrimpton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Shrimpton who was convicted in Sussex, England for life, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 3rd October 1831, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. James Shrimpton, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [5]
  • Mr. William Shrimpton, English convict who was convicted in Buckinghamshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 27th August 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

New Zealand Shrimpton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Shrimpton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • I. Shrimpton, aged 18, a hotel servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ben Venu" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name Shrimpton (post 1700) +

  • Herbert John Donald Shrimpton (1903-1979), English cricketer for Gloucestershire in 1923 from Worcester
  • Chrissie Shrimpton (b. 1945), former 1960s English model and actress, younger sister of Jean Shrimpton
  • Jean Rosemary Shrimpton (b. 1942), English supermodel and actress, considered to be one of the world's first supermodels
  • Michael John Froud Shrimpton (1940-2015), New Zealand cricketer and coach
  • Richard Thomas Shrimpton (1910-1979), British boxer who competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics

  1. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th March 2022). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th October 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook