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The saga of the name Sherman follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as a sheep-shearer deriving from the middle English word "sheareman," which meant "shearer." Alternately, and especially in Norfolk, the name was derived from "shireman," that is, a person born outside the county. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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The surname Sherman was first found in various counties and shires throughout ancient Britain. In fact, "in [the] Domesday Book the Judge of the County-court was called a Seirman, i.e., Shireman. The Anglo Saxon scirmann is defined by Bosworth as 'a man who superintends, shireman, provincial, an overseer, governor, provost, bailiff of a hundred.' " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The earliest record of the name that we could find was Roger Sereman who was listed in 1207 in Leicestershire. A few years later William le Shereman was listed in 1281 and the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk list John Sherman in 1327. In the same year, the Subsidy Rolls of Essex listed Philip Shareman (Sharman.) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sherman were recorded, including Sherman, Shearman, Sharman, Shaerman, Shirman and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sherman research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1611 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Sherman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sherman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Sherman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 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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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sherman family emigrate to North America:

Sherman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William "The Pilgrim" Sherman (died 1679), who landed at Plymouth Harbor in 1632 as an indentured servant but later earned his freedom and was later granted lands at Green Harbor, Marshfield
  • Philip Sherman, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Philip Sherman, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Samuel Sherman, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Tho Sherman, aged 26, arrived in Barbados in 1634
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Sherman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ruth Sherman, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Elizabeth Sherman, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • Jerick Sherman, aged 17, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Maria Sherman, aged 19, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Marilis Sherman, aged 22, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
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Sherman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Sherman, aged 18, landed in Norfolk, Va in 1803
  • John Sherman settled in Norfolk Virginia in 1804
  • John Sherman, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • John Sherman, who landed in New York in 1822
  • George Sherman, who landed in New York in 1822
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Sherman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Sherman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Lieut. Ambrose Sherman U.E. born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Royal Fenncible Americans, he is listed as drowning in Burton [Whitestone], Sunbury County, Ontario [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Simeon Sherman U.E. who settled in Hawksebury, Prescott and Russell, Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Loyal Rangers [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Sherman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alden Sherman, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • David Sherman, who landed in Canada in 1841

Sherman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Sherman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850

Sherman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Hancock Sherman, aged 34, a shoemaker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Sherman, aged 35, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Jane Sherman, aged 7, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Sherman, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Sarah Sherman, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
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  • Brigadier-General Harry Benham Sherman (1894-1974), American Deputy Commanding General Ryukyus Islands (1950-1953)
  • Carl Sherman (1891-1956), American lawyer, New York State Attorney General from 1923 to 1924
  • Robert Cabot "Bobby" Sherman Jr. (b. 1943), American singer, actor, teen idol
  • Al Sherman (1897-1973), American Tin Pan Alley songwriter, father of the Sherman Brothers
  • Richard Morton Sherman (b. 1928), American songwriter one of the Sherman Brothers, best known for his songs from Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and others
  • Robert Bernard Sherman (b. 1925), American songwriter, one of the Sherman Brothers, best known for his songs from Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and others
  • John Sherman (1823-1900), American Secretary of State
  • Henry Clapp Sherman (1875-1955), noted American biochemist
  • Roger Sherman (1721-1793), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Sir Alfred Sherman KBE (1919-2006), English writer, journalist, and political analyst
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  • A Genealogical History of the Hatfield and Sherman Families of Utica N.Y. by John Bennett Hatfield.
  • Sherman Directory by John H. Sherman.
  • Sherman Genealogy by Thomas Townsend Sherman.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Sherman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sherman 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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