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The Anglo-Saxon name Sharples comes from the family having resided in Sharples Hall near Bolton in the county of Lancashire. This habitation surname was originally derived from the Old English word scearp meaning sharp and laes meaning pasture. Therefore the original bearers of the surname lived in an area that was defined by it's steep pasture.

Sharples Early Origins



The surname Sharples 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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.

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Sharples Spelling Variations


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Sharples Spelling Variations



Sharples has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Sharples, Sharpless and others.

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Sharples Early History


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Sharples Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sharples research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 169 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Sharples History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sharples Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sharples Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sharples Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Sharpless to arrive on North American shores:

Sharples Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Sharples arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Eliz Sharples, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • John Sharples and his wife Jane and seven children arrived in Delaware in 1682

Sharples Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Sharples arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Orleana.htm
  • Robert Sharples, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sharples (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sharples (post 1700)



  • Dick Sharples (1927-2015), English scriptwriter of British sitcoms
  • James Sharples (1890-1969), English cricketer
  • James Sharples (1751-1811), English portrait painter and pastelist, who emigrated to the United States in 1794, best known for his portrait of George Washington that was later used on a stamp in 1895
  • James Sharples (1825-1893), English blacksmith and self-taught artist and engraver, best known for his work The Forge
  • Ellen Wallace Sharples (1769-1849), English painter who specialized in portraits in pastel and in watercolor miniatures on ivory
  • Robert Sharples (1913-1987), British musical conductor, composer and bandleader from Bury, Lancashire
  • Sir Richard Christopher Sharples (1916-1973), British politician and Governor of Bermuda
  • Dr. Pita Russell Sharples CBE (b. 1941), Maori academic and politician, New Zealand
  • Pamela Sharples (b. 1923), Baroness Sharples, a British Conservative Party politician

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Sharples Historic Events


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Sharples Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. William Henry Sharples, British Quartermaster from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Sharples, British Joiner 5th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Sharples, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Sharples Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Orleana.htm

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Sharples Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sharples Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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