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Where did the Scottish Sharpe family come from? What is the Scottish Sharpe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sharpe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sharpe family history?The first people to use the name Sharpe were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in Peeblesshire. The name Sharpe is derived from the Old English scearp meaning "sharp" or "keen."
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Sharpe has appeared as Sharp, Sharpe, Scharpe, Scharp, Schearpe and many more.
First found in Peeblesshire, where they were one of the leading families on the Scottish/English border.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sharpe research. Another 307 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1439, 1666, 1474, 1639, 1707, 1613, 1679, 1661, 1679, 1644, 1714, 1691, 1714, 1689, 1691, 1651, 1742, 1650, 1702, 1643, 1707, 1681 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Sharpe History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sharpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sharpe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:
Sharpe Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Sharpe Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Sharpe Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.
The Sharpe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sharpe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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