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The name Sharpless is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived 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.

Sharpless Early Origins



The surname Sharpless 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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Sharpless Spelling Variations


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Sharpless Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sharpless has been spelled many different ways, including Sharples, Sharpless and others.

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Sharpless Early History


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Sharpless Early History



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

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Sharpless Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sharpless Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sharpless 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sharplesss to arrive in North America:

Sharpless Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jan Sharpless, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • John Sharpless, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Sharpless Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. T. Sharpless arrived in Baltimore in 1820
  • Walter M. Sharpless, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Henry H. Sharpless, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1897

Sharpless Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frederick Cope Sharpless, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Frederick F. Sharpless, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Anne P. Sharpless, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • William P. Sharpless, who emigrated to the United States from U, in 1904
  • Leila H. Sharpless, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sharpless (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sharpless (post 1700)



  • Bevan P. Sharpless (1904-1950), American astronomer, best known for his studies about Phobos, a satellite of Mars
  • Don Sharpless, American Academy Award nominated sound engineer
  • Stewart Sharpless, American astronomer, retired Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester
  • Joshua David Sharpless (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher
  • Karl Barry Sharpless (b. 1941), American chemist, co-winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, known for his work on stereoselective reactions, eponym of Sharpless oxyamination

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Sharpless Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sharpless 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.

This page was last modified on 12 April 2016 at 08:56.

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