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Shearn is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Shearn comes from the Norman given name Essira.

Shearn Early Origins



The surname Shearn was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat from ancient times being Lords of the Manor of Shere recorded in the Domesday Book Survey taken in 1086 A.D. as being 'King's Land' and consisting of a church and mills. The original name of the village of Shere was 'Essira' and it may be taken that this was also the original spelling of the surname, taken from an unknown Norman noble who entered into England with William the Conqueror in 1066.

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Shearn Spelling Variations


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Shearn Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Shere, Sheres, Shear, Shears, Sheares, Sheare, Sheares, Sheer, Sheers, Sheere, Sheeres, Shire, Shires, Shiers, Shier, Shiere, Sheir, Sheirs, Sheire and many more.

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Shearn Early History


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Shearn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shearn research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1614 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Shearn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shearn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shearn Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Shearn In Ireland


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Shearn In Ireland



Some of the Shearn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 146 words (10 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


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Shearn or a variant listed above:

Shearn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Shearn, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1862

Shearn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Shearn, a printer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shearn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shearn (post 1700)



  • Amy Shearn (b. 1979), American author of fiction, essays, poetry, and humor
  • Thomas Aaron Shearn (b. 1977), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds in 2007
  • Clarence John Shearn (1869-1953), American lawyer and jurist, a judge in the New York Court of Appeals, and a president of the New York City Bar Association
  • Nicola Shearn (b. 1966), British synchronized swimmer at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The Shearn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shearn 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 January 2016 at 13:53.

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