The name Schorpe was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Schorpe family lived in Peeblesshire
. The name Schorpe is derived from the Old English scearp
meaning "sharp" or "keen."
Early Origins of the Schorpe family
The surname Schorpe was first found in Peeblesshire
, where they were one of the leading families on the Scottish/English border.
Early History of the Schorpe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schorpe 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 Schorpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Schorpe Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Schorpe has appeared as Sharp, Sharpe, Scharpe, Scharp, Schearpe and many more.
Early Notables of the Schorpe 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... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schorpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Schorpe family to Ireland
Some of the Schorpe 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.
Migration of the Schorpe family to the New World and Oceana
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan
families back home. Many Scots even fought against England
in the American War of Independence
to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. 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".
The Schorpe 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.