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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Sizemore is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at the village of Scarisbrick, near Ormskirk in Lancashire. This place-name was originally derived from the Old Norwegian Brekka meaning hillside or slope and the Old Danish personal name Skar. Therefore the original meaning of the surname Sizemore would be Skar who lived by the hillside.


The surname Sizemore was first found in Lancashire at Scarisbrick, a village and civil parish that dates back to c. 1200 when it was listed as Scharisbrac and possibly meant "hill-side or slope by a hollow." [1] "In the reign of Edward II. the manor appears to have been in the possession of a family of the local name, with whom it continued until conveyed, about the commencement of the present century, by the heiress of the Scarisbricks, to the Ecclestons, who assumed the name of Scarisbrick. " [2] Scarisbrick Hall is a country house located south-east of the village and was the ancestral home of the Scarisbrick family and dates back to the time of King Stephen (1135-1154.) The family has held the property since the 13th century, but was sold in 1946 to become a training college. "Scarisbrick Hall is said to have been erected in the 11th century: it was inhabited by the family in 1567; and was improved, and re-cased in stone, in 1814." [2]

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sizemore has been spelled many different ways, including Scarisbrick, Scarasbrick, Scaresbrick and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sizemore research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1839, 1909, 1874, 1933, 1420 and 1508 are included under the topic Early Sizemore History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sizemore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sizemores to arrive in North America:

Sizemore Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Madeline Sizemore, aged 27, who settled in Chicago, Ill., in 1919
  • George Sizemore, aged 25, who emigrated to Brooklyn, NY in 1923


  • Thomas Edward "Tom" Sizemore (b. 1961), American Golden Globe nominated film and television actor, best known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan, Strange Days, Pearl Harbor, Heat and Black Hawk Down
  • Ted Sizemore (b. 1945), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Scott Sizemore (b. 1985), American Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers
  • Jason Sizemore, American writer and editor
  • Grady Sizemore III (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball player for the Cleveland Indians
  • Bill Sizemore (b. 1951), American political activist in Redmond, Oregon
  • R. T. Sizemore Jr., American Democrat politician, Chair of Clay County Democratic Party, 1961-62; Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 4th District, 1976
  • James M. Sizemore Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1972
  • Jack Sizemore, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996, 2000; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1996


  • Sizemore: The Descendants of Wesley Dudley and Ann Elizabeth by Ann Bunch.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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