Sherwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Sherwin name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Sherwin is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Sherwin. [1] Alternatively the name could have been from the Old English word Scirwine (bright, friend); a nickname for a fast runner, "shear wind." [2]

Early Origins of the Sherwin family

The surname Sherwin was first found in Nottinghamshire at Bramcote, a parish, in the union of Shardlow, S. division of the wapentake of Broxtow. [3] However, we must look to Oxfordshire to find the earliest listings as the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: John Surewyne; and William Surewyne as both residing there at that time. [1]

But it is Nottinghamshire that the lion's share of the family claim descent. "Sherwin was a well known name in Nottingham two centuries ago. Between 1623 and 1716, five mayors of that town bore this name." [4]

Early History of the Sherwin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sherwin research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1581, 1581, 1607, 1687, 1645 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Sherwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sherwin Spelling Variations

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 Sherwin were recorded, including Sherwin, Sherwyn, Sherwins and others.

Early Notables of the Sherwin family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Saint Ralph Sherwin (1550-1581) was an English Roman Catholic priest born at Radesley, near Langford, Derbyshire who was charged with having conspired to procure the queen's deposition and death, and to promote rebellion at home and invasion of the...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sherwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Sherwin family to Ireland

Some of the Sherwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Sherwin migration to the United States +

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 Sherwin family emigrate to North America:

Sherwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Sherwin, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [5]
  • John Sherwin who arrived in New England in 1679
Sherwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Sherwin, who arrived in Richmond, Va in 1794 [5]
Sherwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Sherwin, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • John, Thomas, and William Sherwin, all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1870
  • Richard Sherwin, who arrived in New York in 1847 [5]
  • A A Sherwin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

Australia Sherwin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sherwin Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • William Sherwin (1763-1822), Australian settler from Derbyshire aboard the "Pitt" as Sergeant in the NSW Corps in 1792, he married Mary Duggan (born 1783), who arrived on the "Marquis Cornwallis" and together had 10 children
Sherwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Sherwin, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [6]

New Zealand Sherwin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sherwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Sherwin, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Jocelyn" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 2nd January 1881, en-route to Katikati, New Zealand [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sherwin (post 1700) +

  • Martin J. Sherwin (b. 1937), American Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
  • Henry Alden Sherwin (1842-1916), American businessman, one of the two founders of the Sherwin-Williams Company in 1866
  • Tim Sherwin (b. 1958), former professional American football tight end
  • Thomas Sherwin (1839-1914), American Civil War general and executive
  • Robert Sherwin (b. 1951), American businessman and winner of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award
  • Ralph W. Sherwin (1888-1963), American football player and coach
  • Melvin E. Sherwin (1881-1924), American founding member of FarmHouse fraternity at the University of Missouri
  • Manning Sherwin (1902-1974), American composer
  • John C. Sherwin (1838-1904), American politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois (1879-1883)
  • Brian Sherwin (b. 1980), American art critic, writer, and blogger
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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