The English surname Shipton is an habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Dorset Glloucestershire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, and Shropshire, so called from the Old English terms sceap, scip meaning “sheep” and tun meaning “enclosure, or settlement.” The name is recorded as early as the 13th Century when Baldwin de Schipton is registered in the Hundred Rolls of the county of Yorkshire in 1273. Edward Shipton of London was a student at Oxford University in the year 1500. The coat of arms has the unusual blazon of a silver field charged with three pairs of bellows. This was granted in Leicestershire, and suggests that the bearers were originally ironfounders in that county. The name was introduced to the New World in 1680 when William Shipton, along with his wife, child and servants sailed to Barbados. Mary Shipton settled in Virginia in 1704. Today there are approximately 1,000 bearers of the name Shipton living in the US.
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