Show ContentsShufelt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Shufelt is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the town of Sheffield in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Shufelt is a habitation name which was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the place-name Sheffield means open land by the river Sheaf, a boundary river dividing Yorkshire from Derbyshire.

Early Origins of the Shufelt family

The surname Shufelt was first found in Rutland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Shufelt family

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Shufelt Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Shufelt has been spelled many different ways, including Sheffield, Shefield, Sheffeild, Shiffield and many more.

Early Notables of the Shufelt family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Sheffield (fl. 1407-1421) English politician, Member of Parliament for Rutland; William Sheffield (died 1646), Member of Parliament for Hedon in 1614 and Thirsk in 1624; Edmund Sheffield (1521-1549), English nobleman, 1st Baron Sheffield of Butterwick; John Sheffield (c. 1538-1568), 2nd Baron Sheffield of Butterwick; Edmund...
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Shufelt Ranking

In the United States, the name Shufelt is the 15,999th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Shufelt migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Shufelts to arrive in North America:

Shufelt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Louis Shufelt, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Cora Shufelt, aged 44, who arrived at Sodas Point, New York, in 1913
  • Stanley Shufelt, aged 23, who immigrated to Renssalaer, NY, in 1920

Canada Shufelt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Shufelt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George Adam Shufelt U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shufelt (post 1700) +

  • Jessica Shufelt (b. 1990), American soccer forward who plays for the Portland Thorns FC
  • Sidney Shufelt (1824-1910), American politician from Franklin County, Vermont, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly (1876-1877)

The Shufelt Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Comiter sed fortiter
Motto Translation: Courteously but firmly.

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  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook