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When the Strongbownian's arrived in Ireland there was already a system for creating patronymic names in place. Therefore, the native population regarded many of the Anglo-Norman naming practices that these settlers were accustomed to as rather unusual. Despite their differences, the two different systems eventually merged together rather insidiously. The Strongbownians, when they arrived, displayed a preference for used nickname surnames. Two of the most prevalent forms were oath nicknames and imperative names. Oath names often carried blessings or were formed from habitual expressions. Imperative names, formed from a verb added to a noun or an adverb, metaphorically described the bearer's occupations. The nick name surname Sherlock is derived from a nickname for a short-haired person. However, at least one expert holds the alternative theory that the surname Sherlock denotes a fair-haired person. According to this theory, the name is derived from the words "scir," which means "bright," and "locc," which means "hair." The Gaelic form of the name Sherlock is Scurlóg.

Sherlock Early Origins



The surname Sherlock was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Sherlock Spelling Variations


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Sherlock Spelling Variations



It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Sherlock that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Sherlock has existed in the various shapes: Sherlock, Scurlock, Scurlog, Shylock, Shyrlock, Sherlocke, Cherlock, Sharlock, Sharloch, Sherloch, Shyrloch, Charlock, Charloch, Sharlocke, Sharloche and many more.

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Sherlock Early History


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Sherlock Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sherlock research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1678, 1761, 1641, 1707, 1691, 1612 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Sherlock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sherlock Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sherlock Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sherlock Notables 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



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Sherlock:

Sherlock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Sherlock settled in St. Christopher in 1635. He and his wife Elizabeth later settled in Virginia in the same year
  • Jo Sherlock, aged 20, landed in St Christopher in 1635

Sherlock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Sherlock, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Patrick Sherlock, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Sherlock, who landed in America in 1811
  • E Sherlock, aged 19, landed in Maine in 1812
  • Robert Sherlock, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sherlock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Sherlock, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Ballymote, Ireland, in 1900
  • Annie T Sherlock, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Derry, in 1903
  • Alfred Joseph Sherlock, aged 26, who settled in America from Dublin, in 1904
  • Alice Sherlock, aged 20, who landed in America from Skerries, Ireland, in 1921

Sherlock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George W Sherlock, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1776

Sherlock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Sherlock, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1818

Sherlock Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Annie Sherlock, aged 1, who emigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1908

Sherlock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Sherlock arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bruce" in 1846
  • Mary Sherlock, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

Sherlock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Sherlock a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • Judith Sherlock a seravnt, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sherlock (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sherlock (post 1700)



  • Wayne Sherlock (b. 1978), Irish sportsman
  • Jason "Jayo" Sherlock (b. 1976), former Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Seán Sherlock (b. 1972), Irish Labour Party politician
  • Joe Sherlock (1930-2007), Irish Sinn Féin politician from County Cork
  • John Sherlock (1705-1794), Irish-born brigadier general, best known for successfully defending Melilla during a 100-day siege by Moroccan troops
  • Maeve Christina Mary Sherlock OBE (1988-1990), Baroness Sherlock, British politician and life peer, President of the National Union of Students
  • Nathan Sherlock (b. 1990), Australian footballer
  • James Sherlock, British classical pianist and conductor
  • William Verling Sherlock (1881-1937), Demerara born cricketer
  • Amber Sherlock, Australian journalist and television news presenter
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    11. ...

    The Sherlock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sherlock 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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