This surname of SHINGLER was an English occupational name for someone who laid wooden tiles or shingles on roofs. The name was derived from the Old English word SCINGEL, and was rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form SCINDULA. Other spellings of the name include SHINGLE, SHINGLES, SCHINDLER, SCHINDELMAN and SINDELAR. In a statute of 1563 relating to the apprenticeship of children, reference is made to the occupations of 'tyler, slater, tilemaker, thatcher and shingler'. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Roger le SHINGLERE, who was recorded in Essex in the year 1335, and William SHYNGELERE was documented in County Sussex in 1381. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Later instances of the name include Anne, daughter of Thomas SHINGLER, who was baptised at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in the year 1747, and Thomas SHINGLAR and Ann Selby were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1767. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.
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