The German surname Shirrman emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia
, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire
, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
, and East Prussia
was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in German Unification.
Early Origins of the Shirrman family
The surname Shirrman was first found in Prussia
, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the many regions within Prussia
in the Middle Ages. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the Prussian nation.
Early History of the Shirrman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shirrman research.Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1396, 1783, 1825, 1623, 1686, 1829, 1893 and 1874 are included under the topic Early Shirrman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shirrman Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Shirrman include Schirrmann, Schirmann, Schirrman, Schuermann, Schurmann, Schurman, Scherman, Sherman (English), Schirmer and many more.
Early Notables of the Shirrman family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Shirrman during this time period were David Schirmer (1623-1686), a German lyric poet and librarian, who also used the pseudonyms Der Bestimmende, Der Beschirmende and DiSander; Gustav Schirmer (1829-1893), who founded the publishing... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shirrman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shirrman family to the New World and Oceana
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia
has played an important part in the history of Germany
. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Shirrman or a variant listed above: Jorg Schirman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733; as did Simon Schirman in the same year. Bearers of the variation Scherman first arrived in the person of Heinrich Scherman in New York State in 1710. Bearers of the variation Schirmer first arrived in the person of Peter Schirmer in 1750.
The Shirrman 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: Felix sua sorte contentus
Motto Translation: Happy, contented with his lot