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Where did the English Shircliff family come from? What is the English Shircliff family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shircliff family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shircliff family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Shiercliffe, Shirtcliffe, Shirclyffe, Shercliffe, Shirtcliffe, Shirtliff, Shirtliffe, Shetliffe, Shortliffe, Shortlife, Shirtcliff, Shercliff, Surecliffe, Sureliff, Surelife, Shirecliff and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1379 when John de Shirclyf held estates in that shire near Sheffield.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shircliff research. Another 285 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1510 is included under the topic Early Shircliff History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Shircliff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Shercliffe, who came to Plymouth, MA sometime between 1620 and 1650; John Shirtcliffe, who arrived in Maryland in 1646; John Shirtliffe, who came to Maryland in 1646.

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  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Shircliff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shircliff 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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