The chronicles of the Skharpe family show that the name was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde- Britons
. It was a name for a person who lived in Peeblesshire
. The name Skharpe is derived from the Old English scearp
meaning "sharp" or "keen."
Early Origins of the Skharpe family
The surname Skharpe was first found in Peeblesshire
, where they were one of the leading families on the Scottish/English border.
Early History of the Skharpe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skharpe 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 Skharpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skharpe Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. Skharpe has been spelled Sharp, Sharpe, Scharpe, Scharp, Schearpe and many more.
Early Notables of the Skharpe 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 Skharpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skharpe family to Ireland
Some of the Skharpe 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 Skharpe family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. 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 Skharpe 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.