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Where did the English Sherman family come from? What is the English Sherman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sherman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sherman family history?The saga of the name Sherman follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who 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.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sherman were recorded, 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 Sherman research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1611 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Sherman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sherman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sherman 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.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sherman family emigrate to North America:
Sherman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Sherman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Sherman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Sherman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sherman 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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