Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Sherborne is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Sherborn, found in the counties of Dorset
. The surname Sherborne is a toponymic surname that was originally derived from the Old English word scir,
simply meaning stream.
Early Origins of the Sherborne family
The surname Sherborne was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
from early times at Sherborne, a market town that dates back to Saxon times. In 864, it was listed as Scireburnan and later as Scireburne in the Domesday Book
. The name literally means "place at the bright or clear stream" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
referring to the adjacent River Yeo. One of the first records there was Wulfsige, a medieval Bishop of Sherborne (c.
885-896.) Historically, Sherborne was the capital of Wessex, one of the seven Saxon kingdoms of England
. Sherborne Castle was built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh on the grounds of the ruined old palace built in the 12th century. The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin at Sherborne, or colloquially called Sherborne Abbey was originally a Saxon cathedral (705-1075), then a Benedictine abbey (998-1539), and more recently and after the Dissolution of the Monasteries a parish church. The parish of Mitton in the West Riding of Yorkshire
played an important role in the family's lineage. "It was for many generations chiefly the property of the Sherburnes, of whom Sir John de Sherburne attended Edward III. at the siege of Calais. Stonyhurst, the seat of the family, now occupied as a Roman Catholic college, was probably commenced by Sir Richard Sherburne, who died in 1594, and completed by his son in 1596." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Sherborne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sherborne research.Another 447 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1794, 1660, 1505, 1686, 1717, 1453, 1536, 1494, 1496, 1499, 1505, 1508, 1536, 1536, 1508, 1536, 1505, 1509, 1494, 1496, 1496, 1505, 1499, 1505, 1520 and 1909 are included under the topic Early Sherborne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sherborne 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. Sherborne has been spelled many different ways, including Sherborne, Sherburn, Sherburne, Sherbourne, Sherbon and many more.
Early Notables of the Sherborne family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Sherborne (c.
1453-1536), English cleric, Archdeacon of Huntingdon
(1494-1496), Dean of St. Paul's (1499-1505); Bishop of Chichester from 1508 to 1536; Sir Richard Sherborne the noted historian; and Robert Sherborne (died 1536), English... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sherborne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sherborne family to the New World and Oceana
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 Sherbornes to arrive in North America:
Sherborne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Sherborne, who settled in Virginia in 1642
- James Sherborne, who landed in Virginia in 1642 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Justinian Sherborne, who settled in New England in 1690
Sherborne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Sherborne, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
Contemporary Notables of the name Sherborne (post 1700)
- Andrew Sherborne (b. 1961), English professional PGA golfer from Bristol
The Sherborne Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec timere, nec timide
Motto Translation: Neither rashly nor timidly.