Sharplass is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Sharples Hall near Bolton in the county of Lancashire
. This habitation surname was originally derived from the Old English word scearp
Therefore the original bearers of the surname lived in an area that was defined by it's steep pasture.
Early Origins of the Sharplass family
The surname Sharplass was first found in Lancashire
at Sharples or Sharples Hall, now a suburb of Bolton, a township of the civil and ecclesiastical parish of Bolton le Moors
in the Salford hundred
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The first record of the placename was in 1212 when it was listed as Charples. A few years later, it was listed as Sharples and Scharples in 1292.
Early History of the Sharplass family
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Sharplass Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sharplass family name include Sharples, Sharpless and others.
Early Notables of the Sharplass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sharplass family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Sharplass surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Edward Sharples arrived in Virginia in 1623; John Sharples and his wife Jane and seven children arrived in Delaware in 1682; M. and T. Sharpless arrived in Baltimore in 1820..