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The name Sherriff comes from one of the family having worked as a person who held the office of sheriff. This occupational surname was originally derived from the Old English words scir meaning shire and refa meaning reeve. The surname was originally derived from the "shire-reeve," a Vice Count who was in charge of the law for a shire or county. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Before the Norman Conquest the sheriff was the king's representative in a county, responsible for every aspect of local administration in England.

Sherriff Early Origins



The surname Sherriff was first found in Warwickshire 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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Sherriff Spelling Variations


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Sherriff Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sherriff have been found, including: Sheriff, Sherrif, Sherriff, Shirreffs, Sheriffs and many more.

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Sherriff Early History


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Sherriff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sherriff research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sherriff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sherriff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sherriff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sherriff 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Sherriff, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Sherriff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Sherriff, who landed in Maryland in 1659

Sherriff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alice Sherriff, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Sherriff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Sherriff, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1822
  • S Sherriff, aged 36, arrived in New York, NY in 1822

Sherriff Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander P Sherriff, who landed in Canada in 1831

Sherriff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Sherriff arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • Thomas Sherriff, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich"
  • George Sherriff, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sherriff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sherriff (post 1700)



  • Robert Cedric "R.C." Sherriff (1896-1975), English writer, best known for his play "Journey's End"
  • Rowan James Sherriff (b. 1951), retired Australian cricketer
  • Frederick Sherriff (1889-1943), British Olympic fencer

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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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.


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Citations


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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.

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Sherriff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sherriff 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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