First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Shipman

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ship"man
A seaman, or sailor.

From Middle English schipman, from Old English scipmann (“shipman, mariner, sailor, rower; one who goes on trading voyages; pirate”), equivalent to ship +‎ man. Cognate with Icelandic skipmaður, skipamaður (“shipman”).

  1. A seaman or sailor; a mariner.
  2. (obsolete) The master of a ship; shiplord.
  3. A labourer on a ship.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shipman

Harold Shipman is a criminal. Harold is also known as Dr Death" and The Angel Of Death".


Madisyn Shipman is an actress. She was most prominent from 2015 to present. Madisyn was born on November 20th, 2002 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, U.S.


Claire Shipman is a good morning america senior national correspondent and good morning america. Claire was born on October 4th, 1962 in Washington, D.C.


Nina Shipman is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1957. Nina was born on August 15th, 1938 in Los Angeles.


Nell Shipman was an actress, screenwriter, director, producer, animal trainer, and animal training. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1910 to 1947. Nell was given the name Helen Foster-Barham on October 25th, 1892 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She breathed her last breath on January 23rd, 1970.


Ellen Biddle Shipman was a landscape architect. Ellen was born on November 5th, 1896 in Philadelphia, PA, United States. She passed away on March 27th, 1950.


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Popularity of Shipman as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shipman U.S.
  White 79.58% 64.26%
  African American 14.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.92% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shipman

People with the last name Shipman are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Shipman

  • How Popular is the name Shipman? As a last name Shipman was the 2,339th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Shipman first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Shipman is Thursday, September 9th, 1875.
  • How unique is the name Shipman? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Shipman. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Shipman: Your name in reverse order is Nampihs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Spmniah. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shipman? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,581 people with the last name Shipman.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shipman? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Shipman as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.