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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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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.

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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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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


  • William "The Pilgrim" Sherman (died 1679), who landed at Plymouth Harbor in 1632 as an indentured servant but later earned his freedom and was later granted lands at Green Harbor, Marshfield
  • Philip Sherman, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Philip Sherman, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Samuel Sherman, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Tho Sherman, aged 26, arrived in Barbados in 1634


Sherman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ruth Sherman, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Elizabeth Sherman, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • Jerick Sherman, aged 17, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Maria Sherman, aged 19, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Marilis Sherman, aged 22, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733


Sherman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Sherman, aged 18, landed in Norfolk, Va in 1803
  • John Sherman settled in Norfolk Virginia in 1804
  • John Sherman, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • John Sherman, who landed in New York in 1822
  • George Sherman, who landed in New York in 1822


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  • John Sherman (1823-1900), American Secretary of State
  • Roger Sherman (1721-1793), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Henry Clapp Sherman (1875-1955), noted American biochemist
  • Robert Bernard Sherman (b. 1925), American songwriter, one of the Sherman Brothers, best known for his songs from Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and others
  • Richard Morton Sherman (b. 1928), American songwriter one of the Sherman Brothers, best known for his songs from Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and others
  • Al Sherman (1897-1973), American Tin Pan Alley songwriter, father of the Sherman Brothers
  • Robert Cabot "Bobby" Sherman Jr. (b. 1943), American singer, actor, teen idol
  • Carl Sherman (1891-1956), American lawyer, New York State Attorney General from 1923 to 1924
  • Brigadier-General Harry Benham Sherman (1894-1974), American Deputy Commanding General Ryukyus Islands (1950-1953)
  • Sir Alfred Sherman KBE (1919-2006), English writer, journalist, and political analyst

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  • A Genealogical History of the Hatfield and Sherman Families of Utica N.Y. by John Bennett Hatfield.
  • Sherman Directory by John H. Sherman.
  • Sherman Genealogy by Thomas Townsend Sherman.
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  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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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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