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  • Reverend Andrew Edmonston, Minister of the Gospel at Mid Yell (1559 - bef.1632)
    REVEREND ANDREW EDMONSTON OF GRAVALAND======Minister of the Gospel at Mid Yell===== Biographical Summary == According to the Fasti of the Church of Scotland, the Reverend Andrew Edmonston was born in 1...
  • Reverend Mr. John Rannie (1826 - 1910)
    REVEREND MR. JOHN RANNIE======Church of Scotland Minister of the Gospel at All Saints' in British Guiana; Formerly Minister at Chatham in Ontario, Canada=== The Reverend Mr. John Rannie is the son of M...
  • Christian Donald (deceased)
    CHRISTIAN DONALD======Marriage=== Christian Donald married Master John Rannie, Schoolmaster at Walls in Shetland Arthur Rannie James Rannie
  • Master John Rannie, Schoolmaster at Walls in Shetland (deceased)
    MR. JOHN RANNIE MA======Schoolmaster at Walls in Shetland=== Mr. John Rannie graduated Master of Arts from King's College in Aberdeen in 1814. Roll of Graduates of the University of Aberdeen: 436 'The ...
  • Marjory Irvine (1738 - d.)

People Connected to Shetland

Historic County of Scotland

Image right - Shetland location

See also

Shetland Main Page
Shetland - Munumental Inscriptions, Cemeteries and Graveyards
Historic Buildings of Shetland
Shetland Genealogical Resources

How to use this Page

  1. Please link any GENI Profiles with links to Shetland to this project.
  2. You can ALSO add the earliest heads of families to the list of Shetland Families on Geni below (don't forget to link their profiles to the project as well). These would usually be male! Please restrict people added to the list to the earliest head of family!

Note People with links to Shetland can be linked to the project but not necessarily added to the list below.

People connected to Shetland can also be linked to the following projects.


Historical and Political people

- accommodated by the project Historical Shetland which covers the History of Shetland and historical/political people. Some of these are also listed in the Famous people category.

Famous or Notable People

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown! Please visit Shetland - Famous People and add them to the listing there.


People from Shetland who went to the "New world" and were early progenitors in those countries. Where the earliest ancestor is known please add them to the list of "Shetland families on Geni" below if that was their roots, or to the appropriate county project.

Where the earliest known ancestor is the emigrant add them to the list below. In some cases if there is a project that covers them in detail please link the project.

The Surnames of Shetland

The history of the Shetland Islands is reflected in the surnames found there to this day. A patronymic naming practice was followed by the Norse descendants, sometimes into the early 1800s when permanent Andersons, Johnsons, Williamsons, etc. There are also Scottish names such as Sinclair, Neven, and Bruce handed down in the same manner as English surnames from the time of the first Scottish migrations in the late 1400s.

A list at SHETLAND ISLANDS SURNAMES in 1804 24 surnames (many with spelling variations) made up half of the population of the Shetland Islands.

  • Anderson,
  • Jamieson,
  • Robertson,
  • Smith,
  • Williamson,
  • Irvine,
  • Tait,
  • Johnson,
  • Leask,
  • Halcrow,
  • Henderson,
  • Laurenceson,
  • Manson,
  • Mowat,
  • Nicolson,
  • Peterson,
  • Sinclair,
  • Thomason,
  • Galdie,
  • Fraser,
  • Hughson,
  • Hunter,
  • Sutherland,
  • Tulloch.

An additional 53 names brought the total to 75% of the population. These names are: Abernethy, Arthurson, Blance, Burgar, Brown, Bruce, Clerk, Duncan, Garrioch, Georgeson, Goodlad, Gray, Leslie, Malcolmson, Moncrieff, Morrison, Redland, Sandison, Aitken, Bain, Bairnson, Cogle, Davidson, Erasmuson, Gilbertson, Harper, Linklater, Murray, Ollason, Rendal, Scollay, Shewan, Stewart, Stout, and White. Also, Cheyne, Christie, Couper, Coutts, Dalziel, Eunson, Gifford, Hutchison, Inkster, Isbister, Moar, Pole, Pottenger, Priest, Simpson, Scott, Spence, Watt.

Less common were, Adamson, Archibald, Bartleson, Charleson, Danielson, Dickson, Donaldson, Dwardson, Erickson, Evanson, Frederickson, Gavinson, Garthson, Grierson, Harrison, Hectorson, Herculson, Hoseason, Jacobson, Jeromson, Mattewson, Neilson, Ninianson, Rogerson, Samuelson, Theodorson, Turvelson, Walterson plus others not recorded by Sandison [not sure who this is - but could be CJB] but with ancient ties to Shetland such as Arcus, Barclay, Beattie, Copland, Guthrie, Hay, Henry, Mail, Mann, Moodie, Nisbet, Slater. Garster

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Heads of Shetland Families on Geni

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Emigrants from Shetland

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South Africa

1820 British Settlers in South Africa

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