Last name: Shelton

This interesting surname, with variant spellings Shilton and Skelton is found widespread in the county of Nottinghamshire. The name itself is of English habitational origin from any of the places so called in Nottinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Shropshire and Staffordshire. The first of these was recorded "Sceltun", in the Domesday Book of 1086, while this source also records the other place names "Eseltone", "Sceltuna", "Saltone", and "Scelfitone", respectively. The place name is composed of the elements "scylf", the Old English word for shelf, ledge, or bank and "tun", the Old English word describing a settlement or enclosure. One John de Schelton appeared in 1260 in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire, while the Assize Court Rolls of Warwickshire record a John Shelton in 1385. Notable namebearers include one Thomas Shelton (died 1620) who was the first translator of "Don Quixote" into English and one Sir Richard Shelton (died 1647) employed by the Duke of Buckingham and appointed solicitor-general (1625-1634) becoming M.P. for Bridgnorth (1626-1628) and treasurer of the Inner Temple in 1628. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Schelton, which was dated 1191, in the Pipe Rolls of Staffordshire, during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Derek Shelton

I Derek Shelton from Saint Louis, MO

J shelton

Hi derek shelton im jerreck shelton

Scott Shelton

The history of Shelton in southern Illinois and East St. Louis is well know in the ST. Louis areas. Know for rum running and tommy gun times of the 30s and 40s.

Jennifer Deann Ritchey

Eventhough my name is ritchey my ggm is Annie opal Shelton I am from Texas, my grandfather's last name is Gallegos Puebla. I know something not many sheltons know of the Shelton family are directly descent through Anne Boylen Great aunt of queen Elizabeth I. I have the copy of the original geneology with me


Hello, I'm Paul E. Shelton Sr from Baltimore, Maryland. My Dad is Raymond Shelton from Virginia. Great to see so many of us here. I was in the U.S. Army stationed in England during the early 90's and I was told that my name was very commom over there.

Wm. John-David Shelton
Johnny Shelton in WV!! Plenty of us down here.

Deborah Anne Shelton
That is my biological name. I was adopted at the age of six. I am now Cathryn E heckmann. Living in Cincinnati, Oh. My daughter is in Englad for 3 years. Her husband is a helicopter pilot in USF. We will be visiting this summer.

Richard Shelton
From Wolverhampton, U.K. but now living in L.A. Interesting to read about Sir Richard's hoping history repeats itself!

Delano Shelton
I'm Delano Shelton from Long Beach,Ca

Tim Shelton
I have a daughter named Delaney Shelton - We live in Chattanooga Tennessee

matt shelton
Im matt shelton from chicago .il :)

Jeremy Shelton
My name is Jeremy Shelton didn't know they're are so many Sheltons.

Twane' Shelton
I am also a Shelton Born in Charlottesville, Va (1982) My mothers father was a Shelton (Clarence E. Shelton Sr) of Bumpass, Va. I hope to find my ancestors past thru genealogy.

I'm a Shelton that hails from Yorkshire so it looks like my branch of the family didn't travel too far ;)

Peggy Ann Shelton-Wood
My name is Peggy Ann Shelton-Wood. My parents were Genevieve L. Bembrick and Everett Edward Shelton. My mother died 8/16/1992 (age 74), Dad died 1/13/2007 (age 94), my ownly sibling, my brother Ranolph (Randy) Lee Shelton died on 1/3/1996 (age 48). I was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, but raised in Troy, Kansas. My father, Grandfather George Edward Shelton, Great -Grandfather Charles Franklin Shelton, and his father Great-Great Grandather Joseph Shelton lived in Burr Oak, Kansas. This area is in the North East Corner of Kanas, bordering on Missouri River to the east. I was told that Joseph Shelton came to Burr Oak in the 1850's from Tennesse (I believe the town was Granger, Tenn), however several of us in the family can find Joseph listed on the census in Tennessee, but we cannot find out who his father and siblings are. If anyone has any information, I would love to hear it. Thanks

jennifer shelton
Tr mcmin county ten.. my ggf from there his name was John W.Shelton the farmer 1850-1860's

my name is Grace Anne Shelton and my dads name is John Shelton.,. he is a hillbilly.... and his dads name is Eugene.. and his dads name is Urma .. his sisters name is Elma.. it might be switched i havent seen them in along time!! but its fun to find the people your related too!

Anne Gray nee shelton
I was Anne Shelton before I married and was really disappointed that I had to change my surname when I wed , I was born in North London

Matt Shelton
I am Matt Shelton from Decatur, AL

I used to live in Huntsville, small world!

Eugene O. shelton
Yes....yes I'm a Shelton..... I'm Eugene O. Shelton Jr... first male born of Eugene O. Shelton Sr R.I.P.....

Daniel shelton
I am also a shelton, Daniel Shelton. My grandad is called Charlie shelton and we are all from Manchester, England. Would be good to find out some distant relatives ;)

C E Shelton
Shelton in central Texas, always wondered where our name came from

patrick shelton
I am also a shelton 5th gen great grandparent's came over from England.I am just learning and looking for and about my family's history and origin..and loving every minute. Patrick L Shelton Canada East Coast ( Maritimes )

ashley, my mom is a shelton, we come from the sheltons of norfolk england. the cousins, uncles, and aunts of the boleyn family, yes those boleyns. and the family dates back further then that into the ancient kings of england and when england was britaina. marg shelton was the cousin of anne boleyn. she was the one that anne pushed into king henry VIII's sight to sleep with while anne was pregnant.

my maiden name is Shelton. I have always been curious as to were the name came from.Neither my father or grandparents know. I'm trying to begin searching for my ancestors and this would be a great start!

So fun to see!