Cornwall, the homeland to the Sharpley family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Sharpley family originally lived in Yorkshire, at Shipley.
Early Origins of the Sharpley family
Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Sharpley family
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Sharpley Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Sharpley, Shapley, Shapleigh, Sharply, Shapell, Shaple, Sharple and many more.
Early Notables of the Sharpley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sharpley family to the New World and Oceana
The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Sharpley:
Sharpley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Sharpley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Sharpley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Sharpley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Sharpley (post 1700)
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