This interesting surname of English origin is a locational name from Shipperbottom in Lancashire, deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century "scepwoella" meaning "spring where sheep are washed" plus "boom" valley. The surname date's back to the late 13th Century, (see below). Further recordings include James Shepobotham (1579) and John Shippobotham (1582) "The Wills of Prestbury, East Cheshire". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Shovelbottom, Shipperbottom, Shoebottom, Shoebotham, Shubotham, etc.. Alice Shufflebotham married William Greenhaulgh on December 26th 1692, at St. Peter, Bolton Le Moor, Lancashire. Thomas Shufflebottom married Mary Fowler on April 29th 1734, at the Cathedral, Manchester, and William, son of John and Dorothy Shufflebottom was christened at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster on November 25th 1750. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard de Schuppewallebothem which was dated 1285, in "The Assize Rolls of Lancashire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. 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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