Sharman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Sharman finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a person who worked as a sheep-shearer deriving from the middle English word "sheareman," which meant "shearer." Alternately, and especially in Norfolk, the name was derived from "shireman," that is, a person born outside the county. [1]

Early Origins of the Sharman family

The surname Sharman was first found in various counties and shires throughout ancient Britain. In fact, "in [the] Domesday Book the Judge of the County-court was called a Seirman, i.e., Shireman. The Anglo Saxon scirmann is defined by Bosworth as 'a man who superintends, shireman, provincial, an overseer, governor, provost, bailiff of a hundred.' " [1]

The earliest record of the name that we could find was Roger Sereman who was listed in 1207 in Leicestershire. A few years later William le Shereman was listed in 1281 and the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk list John Sherman in 1327. In the same year, the Subsidy Rolls of Essex listed Philip Shareman (Sharman.) [2]

Early History of the Sharman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sharman research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1611, 1687, 1671, 1662, 1670 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Sharman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sharman Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Sharman has been recorded under many different variations, including Sherman, Shearman, Sharman, Shaerman, Shirman and others.

Early Notables of the Sharman family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Philip Sherman (1611-1687), an English founding settler of Portsmouth in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations; and Roger Sherman of Connecticut, signer of the American Declaration of Independence. John Sherman (died 1671), was an English historian of Jesus College, Cambridge, a native of Dedham...
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Ireland Migration of the Sharman family to Ireland

Some of the Sharman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sharman migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sharman or a variant listed above:

Sharman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Sharman, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [3]
Sharman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Sharman, who landed in Virginia in 1710 [3]
  • Peter Sharman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [3]

Australia Sharman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sharman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Sharman, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [4]
  • Thomas Sharman, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [4]
  • George Sharman, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [5]
  • George Sharman, aged 47, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [6]
  • Eliza Sharman, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Sharman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sharman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Sharman, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl Durham" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand in 1841 [7]
  • Jonathan Sharman, aged 45, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Ann Sharman, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Charles E. Sharman, aged 15, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • J.R. Sharman, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sharman (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Sharman (1879-1951), American gold medalist sports shooter at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Ralph "Bally" Sharman (1895-1918), American Major League baseball player
  • Brenda Leithleiter Sharman (b. 1968), American beauty queen, Miss Georgia USA 1990
  • William Walton "Bill" Sharman (1926-2013), American NBA basketball player and coach
  • William E. Sharman, American politician, Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, 1924-28 [8]
  • Robin Sharman (b. 1979), English road racing cyclist from Repton, Derbyshire
  • Charlotte Sharman (1832-1929), English humanitarian
  • William "Will" Sharman (b. 1984), British international sprint hurdler
  • Mark Sharman (b. 1950), British broadcasting administrator
  • John Edward Sharman DSC and Bar and Croix de guerre (1892-1917), Canadian World War I flying ace credited with 8 victories
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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