Origins Available: English
Sholar is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sholar family lived in Norfolk
, at Shouldham.
Early Origins of the Sholar family
The surname Sholar was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from the 12th century. Conjecturally they were descended from Ranulf, the Norman noble who held the lands of Shouldham from Reynald FitzIvo at the taking of the Domesday Book
in the year 1086. At this time the lands held 1 Mill, 1.5 fisheries and a salt house. Recent excavations in the village suggest that it has been inhabited for 2000 years.
Early History of the Sholar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sholar research.Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1250 is included under the topic Early Sholar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sholar Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Shuldham, Shouldham, Shuldam, Shouldam, Sholtham and many more.
Early Notables of the Sholar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sholar family to Ireland
Some of the Sholar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 134 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sholar family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Sholar or a variant listed above: George Shouldam arrived in Philadelphia in 1780.
The Sholar 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: Vigilate et orate
Motto Translation: Watch and pray.