an English surname of Anglo-Saxon origin. It is classified as being
of habitation or locality name
In the case
of the family name Shoobridge, it originally referred to a person
from Shewbridge, a town located in Lancashire, or from Shobrooke,
a parish in Devonshire, about two miles from Crediton. This surname
could have also been derived from a minor, unrecorded, or now "lost"
place called Sho(e)bridge, believed to have been situated in Kent,
between Westerham and Tonbridge, due to prevalence of Church recordings
in that county. An estimated seven to ten thousand villages and
hamlets are known to have disappeared in Britain since circa 1100,
due to such natural disasters as the Black Death of 1348, in which
an eight of the population perished, or to the widespread practice
of "clearing" large areas of land to make sheep pastures during
the height of the wool-trade in the 15th century.
The place name
means "the sheltered bridge", possibly a covered bridge, derived
from the olde English pre 7th century "sceo", shelter, shed, and
brygge, bridge. This surname may also be derived from the combination
of the old English words "scora", meaning "river bank" and "bridge".
Thus, in this case, the surname Shoobridge identified a person who
lived by the bridge at the river bank.
The family is
quite well documented with at least one line of the family becoming
'landed'. There is a registered Coat of arms for the family granted
to the Shoobridge family from Uckfield in Essex in 1662.
ARMS - Consists
of a blazon of arms consits of two bars sable (black), on the first
one, two leopards' faces, on the second one a single leopard face.
The shield background colour, Argent (white), represents the colours
silver or white, and indicates harmony and sincerity.
CREST - is a
leopard's face or, between two wings expanded sable.
MOTTO - "Sans
Peur et sans Souci" (French) and means "Without Fear and without