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 Scerritt 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 Scerritt 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 Scerritt family
The surname Scerritt 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 Scerritt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scerritt 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 Scerritt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Scerritt Spelling Variations
It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Scerritt 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 Scerritt has existed in the various shapes: Skerritt, Skerratt, Skerrett, Skerit, Skeret, Scared, Scarrett, Scarrutt and many more.
Early Notables of the Scerritt 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 Scerritt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Scerritt family to the New World and Oceana
A great number of Irish families
left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia
and North America. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name Scerritt: 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.