The ancestors of the Skhairpe family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Skhairpe is a name for someone who lived in Peeblesshire
. The name Skhairpe is derived from the Old English scearp
meaning "sharp" or "keen."
Early Origins of the Skhairpe family
The surname Skhairpe was first found in Peeblesshire
, where they were one of the leading families on the Scottish/English border.
Early History of the Skhairpe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skhairpe research.Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1439, 1666, 1474, 1639, 1707, 1613, 1679, 1661, 1679, 1644, 1714, 1691, 1714, 1689, 1691, 1651, 1742, 1650, 1702, 1643, 1707, 1681 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Skhairpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skhairpe Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland
. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations
are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Skhairpe has been spelled Sharp, Sharpe, Scharpe, Scharp, Schearpe and many more.
Early Notables of the Skhairpe family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was James Sharp (1613-1679) Scottish Presbyterian minister, leader of the "Resolutioners," and later, Archbishop of St Andrews (1661-1679); John Sharp (c.
1644-1714), English divine, Archbishop of York... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skhairpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skhairpe family to Ireland
Some of the Skhairpe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 217 words (16 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 Skhairpe family to the New World and Oceana
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them: Samuel Sharpe who settled in Virginia in 1610; Elizabeth Sharp with her husband who settled in Virginia in 1620 the same year as the "Mayflower".
The Skhairpe 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: Dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: While I have breath I hope.