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Where did the Irish Scarrow family come from? What is the Irish Scarrow family crest and coat of arms? When did the Scarrow family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Scarrow family history?

Both the Anglo-Norman invaders and the Irish had their own methodologies and customs for surnames. The Irish, in particular, had a system of hereditary surnames. Although the name Scarrow is a form of the hereditary name, it is an occupational surname, a form more common to the Anglo- Normans. Occupational surnames were derived from a word describing the actual job done by the name bearer. Early Strongbownians often used the French prefix le, meaning the, but the convention quickly disappeared in Ireland. The surname came from a common occupational name for a house keeper or butler. The surname Scarrow originally took the form Scared, which is an abbreviation of Huscared. This in turn is a corruption of Huscarle which means house care.

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It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Scarrow that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Scarrow has existed in the various shapes: Skerritt, Skerratt, Skerrett, Skerit, Skeret, Scared, Scarrett, Scarrutt and many more.

First found in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Alfred le Breton, who was granted the lands by William the Conqueror, and was Lord of the manor of Petertavy in Devon.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scarrow research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1378, 1414, 1642, 1378, 1414, 1415, 1417, 1418, 1491, 1492, 1531, 1532, 1556, 1557, 1594, 1595, 1605, 1606, 1583, 1580, 1583, 1513, 1532, 1620, 1688, 1491, 1492, 1583, 1580 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Scarrow History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 209 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scarrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great number of Irish families left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia and North America. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name Scarrow: William Skerratt who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868; Bartholomew Skerrett landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856; Catharine, and Edward Skerritt and daughter Mary settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849.

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The Scarrow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scarrow 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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