Shipley Family CrestThe English surname Shipley is of habitational origin, meaning the original bearer was named after the place they redided. In the case of Shipley the  name derives  from any of the various places, for example in Derbyshire, County Durham, Northumberland, Shropshire, Sussex, and West Yorkshire, so called from Old English sceap or scip meaning “sheep” and  leah meaning “a wood or a clearing.” The name Shipley is first recorded in Derbyshire in 1086.

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