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The name Sheard is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the township of Shardlow in the parish of Aston-upon-Trent in the county of Derbyshire.

Sheard Early Origins



The surname Sheard was first found in Derbyshire, at Shardlow, a village that dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Serdelau and literally meant "mound with a notch or indentation" from the Old English words sceard + hlaw. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Sheard Spelling Variations


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Sheard Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sheard were recorded, including Shardelow, Shardlow, Shardlowe, Shardelowe, Shardlaw, Shardelaw, Shardalow, Shardeloe, Shardloe, Shartlow, Shartloe, Shatlow, Shatloe and many more.

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Sheard Early History


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Sheard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheard research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 158 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Sheard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheard Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sheard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheard In Ireland


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Sheard In Ireland



Some of the Sheard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sheard family emigrate to North America:

Sheard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W. W. Sheard, aged 29, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1892
  • Del Gracia Sheard, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1896
  • Walter Sheard, aged 38, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1897

Sheard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James E. Sheard, aged 39, who arrived in America from Dewsburg, England, in 1904
  • James Sheard, aged 4, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1905
  • George Sheard, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • John Robert Sheard, aged 22, who arrived in America from Batley, England, in 1907
  • William Sheard, aged 27, who arrived in America from Brighouse, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sheard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Robert Henry Sheard, aged 29, who arrived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1911
  • Charles Sheard, aged 27, who arrived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1913
  • Abraham Sheard, aged 57, who arrived in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1915

Sheard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ruth Sheard, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sheard (post 1700)



  • Titus Sheard (1841-1904), English-born, American businessman and politician, Speaker of the New York State Assembly in 1884
  • Jabaal Lamar Sheard (b. 1989), American NFL football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns
  • Karen Clark- Sheard (b. 1960), born Karen Valencia Clark, an American gospel four-time Grammy Award winning singer, musician, and songwriter
  • Kierra Valencia "Kiki" Sheard (b. 1987), American gospel and R&B singer, daughter of Karen Clark-Sheard
  • Gerry Sheard, English co-founder of Jefferson Sheard Architects, an English architectural design firm based in Sheffield in 1958
  • Leslie "Les" Sheard (b. 1945), English teacher, and rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Charles Sheard M.D. (1857-1929), Canadian medical doctor, public health official and politician, Member of Parliament for Toronto South (1917-1925)
  • Sarah Sheard (b. 1953), Canadian novelist
  • John Sheard, Canadian pianist, producer and arranger, brother of Sarah Sheard
  • Joseph Sheard (1813-1883), English-born, Canadian architect and politician, Mayor of Toronto (1871-1872)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Sheard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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