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Where did the English Shird family come from? What is the English Shird family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shird family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shird family history?Shird is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Cheshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Shird has been recorded under many different variations, including Sherard, Sherrard, Sherrat, Shirrard and others.
First found in Cheshire 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 Shird research. Another 268 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1304, 1670, 1675, 1719, and 1732 are included under the topic Early Shird History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Shird Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Shird family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Shird or a variant listed above: Alfred Sherrat, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860; Francis Sherrard settled in Virginia in 1732; Bernard Sherrard arrived in New England in 1769; along with Nathaniel and Robert..
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: Hostis honori invidia
Motto Translation: Envy is an enemy to honour.
The Shird Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shird 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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