The Sharple name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from 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 Sharple family
The surname Sharple 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 Sharple family
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Sharple Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sharple has undergone many spelling variations
, including Sharples, Sharpless and others.
Early Notables of the Sharple family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sharple family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sharple were among those contributors: 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..