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 Scerratt is a form of the hereditary name, it is an occupational
surname, a form more common to the Anglo- Normans
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 Scerratt originally took the form Scared, which is an abbreviation of Huscared. This in turn is a corruption of Huscarle which means house care.
Early Origins of the Scerratt family
The surname Scerratt was 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.
Early History of the Scerratt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scerratt research.Another 241 words (17 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 Scerratt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Scerratt Spelling Variations
A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Scerratt has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations
over the years. A few of its variants include: Skerritt, Skerratt, Skerrett, Skerit, Skeret, Scared, Scarrett, Scarrutt and many more.
Early Notables of the Scerratt family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Richard Scared, Provost of Galway
in 1378; Walter Skerrett, Provost of Galway
(1414-1415) and (1417-1418); John Skerrett, 7th Mayor of Galway
(1491-1492); James Skerrett, Mayor of Galway
(1531-1532); William Skerrett, Mayor of Galway
(1556-1557); Roland Skerrett, Mayor of Galway
(1594-1595); John Skerrett... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scerratt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Scerratt family to the New World and Oceana
went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant
farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Scerratt: William Skerratt who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868; Bartholomew Skerrett landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856; Catharine, and Edward Skerritt and daughter Mary settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849.