The surname Shilton is of English origin. It is an habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Nottinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, and Staffordshire, all apparently so called from the Old English ‘scylf’, shelf and ‘tun’, enclosure, settlement. A family would acquire a place name as a surname under three different circumstances: 1. the gentleman had formerly lived in a village, town, or city and acquired the reputation of being from that place. 2. he lived or worked near some topographical formation or landscape feature, either natural or artificial. 3. he owned or was lord of the village or manor designated. In the majority of cases a manor or village name merely identifies the place where the original bearer of the name formerly resided; Shelton, ‘hill, manor’ is one of those surnames and comes to mean ‘of Shelton’. The name dates back to the eleventh century were a Robert de Schelton is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought to Ameria by English immigrants. One of the first fore fathers to bring this name to America is that of a John Shelton, who emigrated… Coat of arms: Sable t…
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