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Where did the English Sizemore family come from? What is the English Sizemore family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sizemore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sizemore family history?

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Sizemore is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at the village of Scarisbrick, near Ormskirk in Lancashire. This place-name was originally derived from the Old Norwegian Brekka meaning hillside or slope and the Old Danish personal name Skar. Therefore the original meaning of the surname Sizemore would be Skar who lived by the hillside.

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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. Sizemore has been spelled many different ways, including Scarisbrick, Scarasbrick, Scaresbrick and others.

First found in Lancashire at Scarisbrick, a village and civil parish that dates back to c. 1200 when it was listed as Scharisbrac and possibly meant "hill-side or slope by a hollow." [1] Scarisbrick Hall is a country house located south-east of the village and was the ancestral home of the Scarisbrick family and dates back to the time of King Stephen (1135-1154.) The family has held the property since the 13th century, but was sold in 1946 to become a training college.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sizemore research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1839, 1909, 1874, 1933, 1420 and 1508 are included under the topic Early Sizemore History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sizemore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Sizemores to arrive in North America:

Sizemore Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Madeline Sizemore, aged 27, who settled in Chicago, Ill., in 1919
  • George Sizemore, aged 25, who emigrated to Brooklyn, NY in 1923

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  • Bill Sizemore (b. 1951), American political activist in Redmond, Oregon
  • Grady Sizemore III (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians
  • Jason Sizemore, American writer and editor
  • Scott Sizemore (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers
  • Ted Sizemore (b. 1945), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Thomas Edward "Tom" Sizemore (b. 1961), American Golden Globe nominated film and television actor, best known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan, Strange Days, Pearl Harbor, Heat and Black Hawk Down


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  • Sizemore: The Descendants of Wesley Dudley and Ann Elizabeth by Ann Bunch.
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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Sizemore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sizemore 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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