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

Both the Anglo-Norman invaders and the Irish had their own methodologies and customs for surnames. The Irish, in particular, had a system of hereditary surnames. Although the name Scarrow is a form of the hereditary name, it is an occupational surname, a form more common to the Anglo- Normans. Occupational surnames were derived from a word describing the actual job done by the name bearer. Early Strongbownians often used the French prefix le, meaning the, but the convention quickly disappeared in Ireland. The surname came from a common occupational name for a house keeper or butler. The surname Scarrow originally took the form Scared, which is an abbreviation of Huscared. This in turn is a corruption of Huscarle which means house care.

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It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Scarrow that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Scarrow has existed in the various shapes: Skerritt, Skerratt, Skerrett, Skerit, Skeret, Scared, Scarrett, Scarrutt and many more.

First found in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Alfred le Breton, who was granted the lands by William the Conqueror, and was Lord of the manor of Petertavy in Devon.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scarrow research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1378, 1414, 1642, 1378, 1414, 1415, 1417, 1418, 1491, 1492, 1531, 1532, 1556, 1557, 1594, 1595, 1605, 1606, 1583, 1580, 1583, 1513, 1532, 1620, 1688, 1491, 1492, 1583, 1580 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Scarrow History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 209 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scarrow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scarrow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Scarrow landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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  • Alex Scarrow, British author, known for his books The Candle man, A Thousand Suns, Last Light, Afterlight and October Skies
  • Simon Scarrow (b. 1962), Nigerian-born, British author, best known for his Eagle Series of Roman Military fiction set
  • Shelley Scarrow, Canadian Writers Guild of Canada Award wining and Gemini Award nominated television producer and writer


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The Scarrow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scarrow 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.

This page was last modified on 29 January 2015 at 08:10.

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