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Sharps History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Sharps. It was a name for someone who lived in Peeblesshire. The name Sharps is derived from the Old English scearp meaning "sharp" or "keen."

Early Origins of the Sharps family


The surname Sharps was first found in Peeblesshire, where they were one of the leading families on the Scottish/English border.

Early History of the Sharps family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sharps research.
Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1439, 1666, 1474, 1639, 1707, 1613, 1679, 1661, 1679, 1644, 1714, 1691, 1714, 1689, 1691, 1651, 1742, 1650, 1702, 1643, 1707, 1681 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Sharps History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sharps Spelling Variations


Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Sharps has been spelled Sharp, Sharpe, Scharpe, Scharp, Schearpe and many more.

Early Notables of the Sharps family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family at this time was James Sharp (1613-1679) Scottish Presbyterian minister, leader of the "Resolutioners," and later, Archbishop of St Andrews (1661-1679); John Sharp (c. 1644-1714), English divine, Archbishop of York...
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Migration of the Sharps family to Ireland


Some of the Sharps family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 217 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Sharps family to the New World and Oceana


The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Sharps Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Walter Sharps, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
  • Albert Sharps, aged 18, who landed in America from Neston, England, in 1922
  • Richard Howard Sharps, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from S. Hayling, England, in 1922
  • Thomas Percy Sharps, aged 52, who settled in America from S. Hayling, England, in 1922
  • James Sharps, aged 22, who landed in America from Neston, England, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sharps (post 1700)


  • Christian Sharps (1810-1874), American firearms designer
  • Ian Sharps (b. 1980), English footballer

The Sharps Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.


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