Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Shipman Name
Surname Name Meaning, Origin, and Etymology
This Anglo-Saxon last name has two origin theories. First, this name is an occupational surname meaning “the shipman” or a sailor, one who worked aboard a ship, a mariner, or perhaps a person who built boats. The Old English word is scipman, hence the term “skipper”. It derives from the Middle English word schepman, which means “sheep man”, so a second theory is that it was an occupational name for a shepherd. One source asserts that the family was first found in Herefordshire, England.
Some spelling variants include Schypmanne, Shipham, Shippam, Shippman, and Chipman.
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name ranks Montgomery ranks 2,235th in popularity in terms in the United Status as of the 2000 Census and the variant Montgomerie does not rank at all. The name is highest rank in the following nine states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, South Carolina, Kansas, Alaska, Wyoming. It is also common throughout the English speaking world: England (4,290th), Wales (4,622nd), Scotland (9,780th), Ireland (11,387th), Canada (7,717th), Australia (6,642), New Zealand (7,287th), and South Africa (24,304th). In England, it ranks highest in the following three counties: Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Derbyshire.
Early Bearers of the Surname
The earliest known bearer of this last name was Hubert Scipman, who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Huntingdonshire in 1221 AD. Hugh le Schipman CR during the reign of King Henry III of England (1216-1272). The Hundred Rolls of 1273 AD, a census of Wales and England, known in Latin as Rotuli Hundredorum, documents one person bearing this surname: William Schippeman in county Lincoln. Alexander Schipman was recorded in the Rolls of Parliament. A one Willelmus Shipman was recorded in the Poll Tax of Yorkshire in 1379 AD. The Register of the University of Oxford records one William Shipman in 1602 AD. An early marriage involving this surname was John Shipman to Mary Tillie at St. George’s Hanover Square in 1756 AD.
History, Genealogy, and Ancestry
Edward Shipman was born in Yorkshire, England in 1584. He married Ann Beardsley and had a son named Edward. Edward was born in 1620 in Hull, England and he married Elizabeth Comstock and later Mary Chandler. He left behind the following children: Elizabeth (Hobson), Edward, William, John, Hannah (Whittesley), Samuel, Abigail, and Jonathan. His son William was born in 1656 in Saybrook, CT. He married Alice Shipman and had the following issue with her: Edward, William, Benjamin, Daniel, Stephen, Samuel, Alice, Mary, Sarah, John, and Temperance (Sweetland). His son Stephen was born in 1699 in Colchester, CT. He married Mary Pellett and had numerous issue with her: Stephen, Jonathan, David, Mary, Hannah, Abigail (Johnson), and Daniel. His son Daniel was born in 1733 in Hartford, CT. He married Kezia Horton and later Ann Chamberlain. He had the following children: Lovinia (Baxter), Ezekiel, Samuel, Kezia, Daniel, Desire, David, Sarah, and Lydia. His son Ezekiel was born in 1752 in Hartford and married a woman named Abigail. He had the following children: Joel Horton, Daniel Harvery, Sarah (Smith), Ebenezer, and Elizabeth. His son Daniel was born in 1795 in Vermont. He married Mary H. McEathron and they had four children together: Reuben, Nancy, George Wooster, and William Almeron. His son Reuben Shipman was born in 1832 in Elizabethtown, Canada. He married Jane Monroe in 1856 and later Mary Ann McCarthy in 1862. He had numerous issue: Idelia Catherine (Wilson), Malcolm Cameron, Margaret Pierson (Hudson), Daniel Dubble, John Carthy, William Stavey, and Charles Simpson. His son Malcolm was born in 1858 in Brockville, Ontario. He married Margaret Anne Bowie in 1880 and had two sons: Louis Lorne and Bertrand Cameron.
Edward Shipman was born in 1570 in England. He had a son, also named Edward, who was born in 1602 in Starrington, Nottinghamshire. The son Edward married Mary Stecz, and prior to his 1625 death in Canada, had a child named Edward. This Edward was born in Saybrook, Connecticut in 1625 and died in 1697.
Charles Shipman was born in 1812 in Vermont. He married Sarah Jane Swett and had four issue with her: Charles H., Jennie J., Fred O., and Cora. A one Edward Shipman was born in 1771 in Tryon, North Carolina. He married Hannah Mary Robinson and had a daughter named Zilpha, born in 1805, who married Jesse Andrew McMinn.
Early American and New World Settlers
A one William Shipman came to Virginia aboard the Speedwell in May 1635 at the age of 22. Other settlers in colonial American include Edward Shipman (Connecticut 1639) and Martha Shipman (Virginia 1664). One of the earliest known bearers in Canada was William Shipman who arrived in 1841.
We have three coats of arms for the Shipman surname depicted here. These three blazons are from Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848. The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it.
Famous people with this last name include: 1) Abraham Shipman (died 1662) who was the governor of Bombay, 2) William Shipman (1886-1943) who was a well-known English cricket player, and 3) Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950) who was an Aermican landscape architect who was known for her lush formal gardens.