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Shirra is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was 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.

Shirra Early Origins



The surname Shirra 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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Shirra Spelling Variations


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Shirra Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Shirra has been recorded under many different variations, including Sheriff, Sherrif, Sherriff, Shirreffs, Sheriffs and many more.

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Shirra Early History


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Shirra Early History



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

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Shirra Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shirra Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shirra 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Shirra or a variant listed above:

Shirra Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Shirra, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Edith Mercedes Shirra, aged 1, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Mrs. Charles Shirra, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • William I. D. Shirra, aged 27, who landed in America from Hamilton, Scotland, in 1909
  • Jennie Shirra, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Shirra Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • James Shirra, aged 35, who emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1916

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shirra (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shirra (post 1700)



  • Jim Shirra (b. 1950), Scottish professional footballer
  • Mitchell Owen "Mitch" Shirra (b. 1958), New Zealand former motorcycle speedway rider from Auckland

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Motto


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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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Shirra Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shirra 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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