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The ancient Scottish name Scharp was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Peeblesshire. The name Scharp is derived from the Old English scearp meaning "sharp" or "keen."

Scharp Early Origins



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

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Scharp Spelling Variations


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Scharp Spelling Variations



The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Scharp has been spelled Sharp, Sharpe, Scharpe, Scharp, Schearpe and many more.

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Scharp Early History


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Scharp Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scharp 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 Scharp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scharp Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Scharp 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 Scharp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scharp In Ireland


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Scharp In Ireland



Some of the Scharp 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



To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North Ameri ca. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Scharp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andries Hanse Scharp, who landed in New York in 1660

Scharp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Scharp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Scharp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Scharp, who arrived in Ohio in 1869
  • Conrad, Scharp Jr., who arrived in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1886

Scharp Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Fritz Scharp arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    2. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    11. ...

    The Scharp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scharp 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 23 January 2014 at 14:24.

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