Shufflebotham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Shufflebotham family

The surname Shufflebotham was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat. This ancient name had a variety of spellings from Shovellbottom to Shoebottom. That it is a Lancashire name cannot be questioned. All historians agree that the 'bottom' appendage merely indicates that the original holder held the 'bottom land' or the choice land of the valley. The location is in south east Lancashire or possibly eastern Cheshire but the name has appeared anciently in Walton, Middleton, Cheetham, Tottington, Bury Skelmersdale, and many other places.

One of the first records of the family was Richard de Schyppewallebothem who was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1285. [1] This source claims the name is from Shipperbottom, Lancashire, but we cannot find such a place today.

Cheshire has the most modern representatives of the name. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year Richard de Schypperwallebottom held estates in 1285. Holders of the name, all in Lancashire, subsequently spelt it Shepobotham (1579,) Shippobotham (1582,) Geroge Shupplebottom 1621, Charles Shifabotham 1626 and Richard Shufflebotham in 1674. [2]

For the most part, these entries came from the Wills at Chester: James Shepobotham, of Heap, Bury, 1579; Francis Shippowbotham, Tottington, 1602; George Shupplebotham, of the parish of Bury, 1621; James Shipplebotham, of Heap, Bury, 1642; and Richard Shufflebotham, of Betchton, 1674. [2]

Early History of the Shufflebotham family

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Shufflebotham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shufflebotham, Shufflebottom, Shufflebotam, Shovelbottom, Shoebotham, Shovellbottom, Shovell, Shubotham, Shubottom and many more.

Early Notables of the Shufflebotham family (pre 1700)

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Australia Shufflebotham migration to Australia +

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

Shufflebotham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Shufflebotham, (b. 1829), aged 14, British labourer who was convicted in Knutsford, Cheshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 26th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1845 [3]
  • Mr. Henry Shufflebotham who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clara" on 19th March 1857, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shufflebotham (post 1700) +

  • Ernest Shufflebotham (1908-1984), English-born, New Zealand ceramic potter and designer active from the 1930s-1950s, trained by Keith Murray at Wedgewood


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asiatic
  4. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 11th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clara)


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