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Where did the Scottish Sharp family come from? What is the Scottish Sharp family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sharp family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sharp family history?A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Sharp. They lived in Peeblesshire. The name Sharp is derived from the Old English scearp meaning "sharp" or "keen."
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Sharp 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 Sharp 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 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Sharp History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sharp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sharp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:
Sharp Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Sharp Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Sharp 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 Sharp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sharp 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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