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Sharpley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders 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


The surname Sharpley was first found in the county of Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Sharpley family


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Sharpley Spelling Variations


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of 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

  • Alexander Sharpley, who landed in Maine in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Sharpley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Sharpley, who settled in Boston in 1765
  • James Sharpley, who settled in New England in 1775

Sharpley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Sharpley, who arrived in America in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Sharpley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Susan Sharpley, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
  • James Sharpley, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

Contemporary Notables of the name Sharpley (post 1700)


  • Kate Sharpley (1895-1978), English anti-World War I activist, eponym of the Kate Sharpley Library

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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