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.  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.  One reference claims the name traces its origin to an Old Norse byname Skjotr which literally meant "swift."  Another reference claims that it was a baptismal name as "the son of Sket."  Yet another reference claims that it is French in origin and is a variant of Keat or Keats.  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."  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
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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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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. 
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 
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. 
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. 
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^ 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