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

The name Sharma comes from one of the family having worked as a person who worked as a sheep-shearer. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames. The most common suffixes for occupational names are maker, herd, hewer, smith, er, ing, and man.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sharma have been found, including: Sherman, Shearman, Sharman, Shaerman, Shirman and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sharma research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1611 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Sharma History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sharma Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sharma family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Sharma, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Sherman, who settled in Boston in 1634; Phillip, Edmund, Thomas; and William Sherman all settled in Virginia in 1652; Thomas Sherman settled in Barbados in 1634.

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