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Skharp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The age-old Scottish surname Skharp was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Skharp family lived in Peeblesshire. The name Skharp is derived from the Old English scearp meaning "sharp" or "keen."

Early Origins of the Skharp family


The surname Skharp was first found in Peeblesshire, where they were one of the leading families on the Scottish/English border.

Early History of the Skharp family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skharp 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 Skharp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Skharp Spelling Variations


In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Skharp has been spelled Sharp, Sharpe, Scharpe, Scharp, Schearpe and many more.

Early Notables of the Skharp 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 Skharp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Skharp family to Ireland


Some of the Skharp 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 Skharp family to the New World and Oceana


Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. 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 Skharp 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.


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