Sharplin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Sharplin is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a chaplain, the minister of a sanctuary or church. The name is derived from the Latin word capellanus [1]

Early Origins of the Sharplin family

The surname Sharplin was first found in Hampshire where the oldest record of the name was Albert Chapelain, who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as a tenant in chief and the king's chaplain. [1]

Early History of the Sharplin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sharplin research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1634, 1677, 1696, 1591, 1672, 1659, 1660, 1598 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Sharplin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sharplin Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Sharplin include Chaplin, Chaplins, Chapline, Chaplyn, Cheplain, Chaplain, Chaiplin, Caplin, Caplines, Keplaine and many more.

Early Notables of the Sharplin family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Francis Chaplin; Thomas Chaplin (1591-1672), an English draper and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1659 and 1660; and Samuel...
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United States Sharplin migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Sharplin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Sharplin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Brant Sharplin, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1921

New Zealand Sharplin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sharplin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Sharplin, (b. 1858), aged 2 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Sharplin, (b. 1815), aged 43, British sawyer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [2]
  • Mrs. Jane Sharplin, (b. 1820), aged 38, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Sharplin, (b. 1846), aged 12, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [2]
  • Miss Lucy Sharplin, (b. 1848), aged 10, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Sharplin (post 1700) +

  • Miss Lily Sharplin, English imitator in London in the early 1900s, best known for her performance at the Britannia Theatre in 1900
  • Father Robert Sharplin, New Zealand chaplain of John Paul College, Rotorua in 2004
  • Tom Sharplin, New Zealand Benny Award winning variety entertainer (2002)
  • Scott Sharplin, Canadian playwright, known for his play Burnt Remains
  • Roy Douglas Sharplin (b. 1966), Canadian slalom canoer at the 1992 Summer Olympics


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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