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The name Shearman has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a person who worked as a sheep-shearer deriving from the middle English word "sheareman," which meant "shearer." Alternately, and especially in Norfolk, the name was derived from "shireman," that is, a person born outside the county. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Shearman Early Origins



The surname Shearman was first found in various counties and shires throughout ancient Britain. In fact, "in [the] Domesday Book the Judge of the County-court was called a Seirman, i.e., Shireman. The Anglo Saxon scirmann is defined by Bosworth as 'a man who superintends, shireman, provincial, an overseer, governor, provost, bailiff of a hundred.' " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The earliest record of the name that we could find was Roger Sereman who was listed in 1207 in Leicestershire. A few years later William le Shereman was listed in 1281 and the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk list John Sherman in 1327. In the same year, the Subsidy Rolls of Essex listed Philip Shareman (Sharman.) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Shearman Spelling Variations


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Shearman Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Shearman has been spelled many different ways, including Sherman, Shearman, Sharman, Shaerman, Shirman and others.

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Shearman Early History


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Shearman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shearman research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1611 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Shearman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shearman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shearman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shearman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shearman In Ireland


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Shearman In Ireland



Some of the Shearman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Shearmans to arrive in North America:

Shearman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Philip Shearman, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1633
  • John Shearman, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Abra Shearman, who landed in Virginia in 1648

Shearman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jurigh Shearman, aged 17, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Simon Shearman, aged 49, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733

Shearman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Shearman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • William Shearman Shearman, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Henry Shearman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855

Shearman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sand Shearman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Adrian Shearman U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Shearman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Shearman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Eldred Shearman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Helena" in 1850
  • William Shearman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Statesman" in 1850
  • James Shearman, aged 25, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Marshall Bennett"
  • Elizabeth Shearman, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shearman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shearman (post 1700)



  • Thomas Shearman, American co-founder of Shearman & Sterling LLP, a law firm headquartered in New York City in 1873
  • Simon Max Shearman (b. 1964), former English cricketer
  • James Shearman (1970-2004), English composer, arranger and conductor, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (2004), best known for his prolific work on as many as 53 Hollywood movies
  • Sir Montague Shearman (1857-1930), English judge and athlete, co-founder of the Amateur Athletics Association in 1880
  • John Kinder Gowran Shearman (1931-2003), English art historian
  • Robert "Rob" Shearman (b. 1970), English Hugo Award nominated television writer, best known for his work on Doctor Who
  • Benjamin "Ben" W. Shearman (1884-1958), English footballer
  • Sir Harold C. Shearman (1964-1966), British Labour politician, Chairman of the Greater London Council
  • Donald Norman Shearman (b. 1926), Australian former bishop of the Anglican Church of Australia
  • Linda Shearman, British gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist competitive ice dancer in the 1960s
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

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  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Shearman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shearman 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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