Sharry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sharry Ireland has two distinct sources. In southern Ulster, it was an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Searraigh, "son of Searrach," in turn derived from the Gaelic word "searrach," meaning a "foal." It was also an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Séartha, "son of Séartha," that was taken on in Ireland by a Hodnett family of Welsh origin, after they had emigrated to County Cork.

Early Origins of the Sharry family

The surname Sharry was first found in at Courtmacsherry in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat, some say before the Anglo Norman invasion of Ireland by Strongbow in 1172.

Early History of the Sharry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sharry research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1230, 1664, 1473, 1550, 1506, 1522, 1527, 1531, 1534 and 1540 are included under the topic Early Sharry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sharry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sherry, Sharry, O'Sherry, McSherry, McShiarie and many more.

Early Notables of the Sharry family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family at this time was Richard MacSherry who was killed at the battle of Muintis Eolais in County Leitrim in 1473. Richard Sherry or Shirrye ( fl. 1550), was an English author, born about 1506 in the neighbourhood of London...
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United States Sharry migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sharry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Sharry, who landed in New York, NY in 1845 [1]
  • John Sharry, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Paris" from Southampton, England [2]
  • Patrick Sharry, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool & Queenstown [3]
Sharry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Sharry, aged 20, originally from New Quay Coclare, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Queenstown, Ireland [4]
  • Thomas Vincent Sharry, aged 28, originally from Ballinacargy, Co. Clare, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Queenstown, Ireland [5]
  • Margaret Sharry, aged 28, originally from Ballinacargy, Co. Clare, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Queenstown, Ireland [6]
  • John Sharry, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [7]
  • Martin Sharry, aged 22, originally from Inishora, Ireland, arrived in New York, NY in 1923 aboard the ship "America" from Cherbourg, France [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sharry (post 1700) +

  • Frank Sharry, American founder and executive director of America’s Voice, an immigration reform group in 2008
  • Paul Sharry (b. 1989), Irish Westmeath Gaelic footballer
  • Luke Sharry (b. 1990), English footballer who currently plays for Ossett Albion


  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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXS8-FMN : 6 December 2014), John Sharry, 25 May 1895; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXQB-YMH : 6 December 2014), Patrick Sharry, 08 Jun 1896; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXGY-ZN5 : 6 December 2014), Thomas Sharry, 17 Apr 1908; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZT-6NG : 6 December 2014), Thomas Vincent Sharry, 11 Jun 1920; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZT-5XQ : 6 December 2014), Margaret Sharry, 11 Jun 1920; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XC-4YD : 6 December 2014), John Sharry, 18 Aug 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNDG-LZZ : 6 December 2014), Martin Sharry, 06 Oct 1923; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, NY, ship name America, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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