The present generation of the Shairbourn family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Sherborn, found in the counties of Dorset
. The surname Shairbourn is a toponymic surname that was originally derived from the Old English word scir,
simply meaning stream.
Early Origins of the Shairbourn family
The surname Shairbourn was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
from early times at Sherborne, a market town that dates back to Saxon times. In 864, it was listed as Scireburnan and later as Scireburne in the Domesday Book
. The name literally means "place at the bright or clear stream" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
referring to the adjacent River Yeo. One of the first records there was Wulfsige, a medieval Bishop of Sherborne (c.
885-896.) Historically, Sherborne was the capital of Wessex, one of the seven Saxon kingdoms of England
. Sherborne Castle was built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh on the grounds of the ruined old palace built in the 12th century. The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin at Sherborne, or colloquially called Sherborne Abbey was originally a Saxon cathedral (705-1075), then a Benedictine abbey (998-1539), and more recently and after the Dissolution of the Monasteries a parish church. The parish of Mitton in the West Riding of Yorkshire
played an important role in the family's lineage. "It was for many generations chiefly the property of the Sherburnes, of whom Sir John de Sherburne attended Edward III. at the siege of Calais. Stonyhurst, the seat of the family, now occupied as a Roman Catholic college, was probably commenced by Sir Richard Sherburne, who died in 1594, and completed by his son in 1596." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Shairbourn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shairbourn research.Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1794, 1660, 1505, 1686, 1717, 1453, 1536, 1494, 1496, 1499, 1505, 1508, 1536, 1536, 1508, 1536, 1505, 1509, 1494, 1496, 1496, 1505, 1499, 1505, 1520 and 1909 are included under the topic Early Shairbourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shairbourn Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Shairbourn include Sherborne, Sherburn, Sherburne, Sherbourne, Sherbon and many more.
Early Notables of the Shairbourn family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Sherborne (c.
1453-1536), English cleric, Archdeacon of Huntingdon
(1494-1496), Dean of St. Paul's (1499-1505); Bishop of Chichester from 1508 to 1536; Sir Richard Sherborne the noted historian; and Robert Sherborne (died 1536), English... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shairbourn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shairbourn family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Shairbourn were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Sherbon settled in Boston in 1716; James Sherbone settled in Virginia in 1635; Henry Sherborn settled in New Hampshire
in 1630; James Sherborne settled in Virginia in 1642.
The Shairbourn 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: Nec timere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.