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Where did the English Shearman family come from? What is the English Shearman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shearman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shearman family history?The name Shearman has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was 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.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Shearman has been spelled many different ways, 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shearman research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1611 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Shearman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shearman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Shearman 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.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Shearmans to arrive in North America:
Shearman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Shearman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Shearman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Shearman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shearman 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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