The surname Sherren is derived from Mac Searthuin, which means son of Searthun. The personal name
Searthun is equivalent to Geoffrey.
Early Origins of the Sherren family
The surname Sherren was first found in County Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat
, some say before the Anglo Norman invasion
in 1172. However, others claim that it is an offshoot of the Prendergast Clan
in County Mayo
, where they adopted the Gaelic name of O'Sirin, and established themselves on the Donegal/ Fermanagh
border about the year 1250.
Early History of the Sherren family
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Sherren Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Sherren, many spelling variations
were encountered, including: Shearing, Sheering, Sheeran, Sharron, Sherren, Sherran, Shirran, Sheeran, Sheerin, O'Shearing, O'Sheering, O'Sheeran, O'Sharron, O'Sherren, O'Sherran, O'Shirran, O'Sheeran, O'Shearing and many more.
Early Notables of the Sherren family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sherren family to the New World and Oceana
went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant
farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Sherren:
Sherren Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Sherren, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Sherren (post 1700)
- Tom Sherren, American producer, known for his work on Run Ronnie Run (2002), The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) and Tenacious D: The Complete Master Works (1997)
- Matt Sherren, American Screen Actors Guild Award winning stuntman, known for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- James Sherren (1872-1945), British surgeon, known for his diagnostic sign in appendicitis known as Sherren's triangle
- John Sherren Brewer (1810-1879), English historian and scholar
The Sherren 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: Vincit Veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers.