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Where did the English Sharley family come from? What is the English Sharley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sharley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sharley family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Sharley comes from when the family resided in the parish of Shirley found in the counties of Derbyshire, Surrey Hampshire and the West Midlands.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Sharley include Shirley, Shurley, Sherley, Shirleigh and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sharley research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1542, 1612, 1565, 1635, 1603, 1581, 1628, 1596, 1666, 1st , 1624, 1683, 1654, 1656, 1694, 1771, 1741, 1749, 1753, 1756 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Sharley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 275 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sharley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sharley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Robert Sherly settled in Maryland in 1633; Mary Shirley settled in New England in 1744; William Shirley settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1740; he was of the Wiston, Sussex branch..
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: Honor virtutis praemium
Motto Translation: Honor is the reward of virtue.
The Sharley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sharley 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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