Scarsbrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Scarsbrick name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from 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 Scarsbrick would be Skar who lived by the hillside.

Early Origins of the Scarsbrick family

The surname Scarsbrick was 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]

"In the reign of Edward II. the manor appears to have been in the possession of a family of the local name, with whom it continued until conveyed, about the commencement of the present century, by the heiress of the Scarisbricks, to the Ecclestons, who assumed the name of Scarisbrick. " [2]

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. "Scarisbrick Hall is said to have been erected in the 11th century: it was inhabited by the family in 1567; and was improved, and re-cased in stone, in 1814." [2]

Early History of the Scarsbrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scarsbrick research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1839, 1909, 1874, 1933, 1420, 1508, 1637, 1679, 1929 and 1970 are included under the topic Early Scarsbrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Scarsbrick Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Scarsbrick has undergone many spelling variations, including Scarisbrick, Scarasbrick, Scaresbrick and others.

Early Notables of the Scarsbrick family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Henry de Scarisbrick (died 1420), fought at the Battle of Agincourt; and Thomas Scarysbrig, Doctor of Divinity registered at the University of Oxford in 1508. William Scarisbrick (1637-1679), also known as John Plessington and William Pleasington was an English Catholic priest who was executed by the English Crown for violating the ban on the presence of Catholic priests...
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scarsbrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Scarsbrick migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Scarsbrick were among those contributors:

Scarsbrick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Scarsbrick who settled in New England in 1625

West Indies Scarsbrick migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Scarsbrick Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Scarsbrick, aged 23, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [4]
  • Mr. William Scarsbrick, (b. 1612), aged 23, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Paul of London" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [5]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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