Peeblesshire. The name Schorp is derived from the Old English scearp meaning "sharp" or "keen."
Early Origins of the Schorp family
Peeblesshire, where they were one of the leading families on the Scottish/English border.
Early History of the Schorp family
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Schorp Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Schorp has appeared as Sharp, Sharpe, Scharpe, Scharp, Schearpe and many more.
Early Notables of the Schorp family (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...
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Migration of the Schorp family to Ireland
Some of the Schorp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Schorp family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:
Schorp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Schorp 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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