The name McSherray came to England
with the ancestors of the McSherray family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Norman name Odinet,
from which the more commonly known Odo
Early Origins of the McSherray family
The surname McSherray was first found in Shropshire
at Hodnet, a village and civil parish in the union of Drayton, in the hundred
of North Bradford. The first record of the place name was found in the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Odenet. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Apart from the aforementioned patronymic
origin, the place name could also mean "pleasant valley," from the Welsh
"hawdd" meaning "pleasant" or "peaceful" and "nant," a "glen or valley." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the McSherray family
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McSherray Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Hodenet, Hignett, Hignet, Hodnet, Hodnett, Hodenett, Hodinett, Hodinutt, Hodinut, Hodinott, Hodinot, Hoddenett, Hoddinet, Hoddinutt and many more.
Early Notables of the McSherray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McSherray family to Ireland
Some of the McSherray family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McSherray family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with McSherray name or one of its variants: Humphrey Hadnett, who sailed to Virginia in 1635; Elizabeth and James Hignett sailed to Maryland in 1666; John Hignett to Maryland in 1675; Francis Hadnett arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1767.