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Where did the English Shirrard family come from? What is the English Shirrard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shirrard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shirrard family history?The name Shirrard has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Cheshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Shirrard have been found, 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 Shirrard research. Another 268 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1304, 1670, 1675, 1719, and 1732 are included under the topic Early Shirrard History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Shirrard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Shirrard 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.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Shirrard, 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 Shirrard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shirrard 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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