Sheets History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sheets family

The surname Sheets was first found in Norfolk where the name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Scet and Schett. [1] One of the first records of the name was Ricardus filius Schet who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1166 in Norfolk. A few years later the Pipe Rolls of 1201 lists Walter Sket in Shropshire. [2] One reference claims the name traces its origin to an Old Norse byname Skjotr which literally meant "swift." [3] Another reference claims that it was a baptismal name as "the son of Sket." [4] Yet another reference claims that it is French in origin and is a variant of Keat or Keats. [5] We disagree with this latter reference. Whatever the origin, the name was concentrated in Norfolk in the early years "found frequently as Sket in Norfolk and neighbouring county of Suffolk in the Hundred Rolls." [4] Listings in the Hundred Rolls of 1273 include: Sketh [no personal name] in Norfolk; Alan Sket and Nicholas Sket in Suffolk; and John Sket in Norfolk.

Early History of the Sheets family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheets research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1201, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Sheets History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sheets Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Skeat, Skeath, Skate, Skeet, Skeets, Skayte and many more.

Early Notables of the Sheets family (pre 1700)

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United States Sheets migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sheets Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Sheets, aged 60, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [6]
  • Geo Sheets, aged 25, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [6]
  • John Sheets, who landed in Virginia in 1753 [6]
  • Wendel Sheets, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [6]
Sheets Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Sheets, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [6]
  • Henry Sheets, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [6]
  • Jacob Sheets, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [6]
  • G W Sheets, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]

Canada Sheets migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sheets Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jacob Sheets Jr., U.E. (b. 1764) who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the King's Royal Regiment of New York under Sir John Johnson, son of Jacob Sheets Sr. [7]
  • Mr. Jacob Sheets Sr., U.E. born in Germany who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the King's Royal Regiment of New York under Sir John Johnson, he had 5 children, he died in 1793 [7]
  • Mr. William Sheets U.E. (b. 1762) who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the King's Royal Regiment of New York under Sir John Johnson, son of Jacob Sheets Sr. [7]
  • Mr. George Sheets U.E. (b. 1765) who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the King's Royal Regiment of New York under Sir John Johnson, son of Jacob Sheets Sr. [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sheets (post 1700) +

  • Millard Owen Sheets (1907-1989), American painter and a representative of the California School of Painting
  • Larry Kent Sheets (b. 1959), American former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter who played from 1984 to 1993
  • Kory Gerren Sheets (b. 1985), American running back for the Oakland Raiders, former CFL player; named 2013 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player (MVP)
  • John Richard Sheets (1922-2003), American Roman Catholic bishop
  • James Lee "Jim" Sheets (b. 1931), American retired businessman and former politician, Arkansas State Representative from Benton County (1967-1968)
  • Robert "'Bob" Sheets (b. 1936), American meteorologist, Director of the National Hurricane Center from 1987 to 1995
  • Ben Sheets (b. 1978), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 2001 to 2012; he won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Andy Sheets (b. 1971), American former Major League Baseball shortstop who played from 1996 to 2002
  • Millard Owen Sheets (1907-1989), American painter
  • Carol Sheets, American politician, Mayor of Wyoming, Michigan, 2006-07 [8]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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