The ancient Normans
that arrived in England
following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Sevespere family have grown. The name Sevespere was given to a member of the family who was a confrontational or argumentative person.
The name was originally derived from the Old English schakken,
meaning to brandish,
Early Origins of the Sevespere family
The surname Sevespere was first found in Cumberland
where the earliest record of the name was "Henry Shakespere who was a holder of a ploughland in the parish of Kirkland in the year 1350." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The author continues on that as the name was a "Border" name (one on the the Scottish/English borders), it no doubt had "its rise in those feuds." And later on, he notes that the previous "earliest" record was of "Thomas Shakespeare, who was officially connected with the port of Youghal, in Ireland
, in 1375. " The surname is clearly not Irish as confirmed by MacLysaght and O'Hart, which begs the question how did such an early entry of the name get there?
Early History of the Sevespere family
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Sevespere Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Sevespere has been recorded under many different variations, including Shakespeare, Shakspeare and others.
Early Notables of the Sevespere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sevespere family to Ireland
Some of the Sevespere family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 67 words (5 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 Sevespere family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Sevesperes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: William Shakspeare settled in Virginia in 1766; and another William Shakspeare arrived in Philadelphia in 1774.
The Sevespere 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: Non sanz droict
Motto Translation: Not without right.