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The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Schairpe. The Schairpe family lived in Peeblesshire. The name Schairpe is derived from the Old English scearp meaning "sharp" or "keen."

Schairpe Early Origins



The surname Schairpe was first found in Peeblesshire, where they were one of the leading families on the Scottish/English border.

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Schairpe Early History


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Schairpe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schairpe research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1439, 1666, 1474, 1639, 1707, 1613, 1679, 1661, 1679, 1644, 1714, 1691, 1714, 1689, 1691, 1651, 1742, 1650, 1702, 1643, 1707, 1681 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Schairpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schairpe Spelling Variations


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Schairpe Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Schairpe has appeared as Sharp, Sharpe, Scharpe, Scharp, Schearpe and many more.

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Schairpe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schairpe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was James Sharp (1613-1679) Scottish Presbyterian minister, leader of the "Resolutioners," and later, Archbishop of St Andrews (1661-1679); John Sharp (c. 1644-1714), English divine, Archbishop of York...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schairpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schairpe In Ireland


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Schairpe In Ireland



Some of the Schairpe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: Samuel Sharpe who settled in Virginia in 1610; Elizabeth Sharp with her husband who settled in Virginia in 1620 the same year as the "Mayflower"; Thomas, Robert, Richard Sharp settled in Virginia in 1635.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.


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