The ancestors of the name Sharnach date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Charnock. It was established there in a pair of townships in Standish in the county of Lancashire
. This surname is derived from the Old English Charnok
which means one who lives beside the pile of stones.
Often times this pile of stones
served a primitive marker to establish borders for villages or counties.
Early Origins of the Sharnach family
The surname Sharnach was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Sharnach family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sharnach research.Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1581, 1588, 1645, 1614, 1587, 1648, 1624, 1628, 1680, 1630, 1693, 1656, 1690, 1663, 1696, 1696, 1670 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Sharnach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sharnach Spelling Variations
Sharnach has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Sharnach have been found, including Chernock, Charnock, Chernick, Chernocke and many more.
Early Notables of the Sharnach family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Charnock (c.1526-1581), an English alchemist and occultist who devoted his life to the quest for the Philosopher's Stone; Roger Charnock (1588-1645), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Newton in 1614; Thomas Charnock (1587-1648), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Newton in 1624... Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sharnach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sharnach family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Sharnachs to arrive on North American shores: John Charnocke, who came to Virginia in 1643; Captain John Charnock of Bedford, who settled in Boston in 1710; Mary Charnock, who settled in Georgia in 1732.
The Sharnach 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: Soyez content
Motto Translation: Be happy