Show ContentsSure History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Sure literally means "dweller at the shore or strand" from the Middle English word "schore." [1] [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Sure family

The surname Sure was first found in Derbyshire at Mickleover where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. Mickleover, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, was held by Burton Abbey.

Later in Yorkshire, we found Adam de Schore and Johannes de Schore in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

"George Shore was one of the Royalist delinquents of Macclesfield who were fined or had their properties sequestrated in the time of Cromwell." [5]

Early History of the Sure family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sure research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1445, 1527, 1655, 1662, 1711, 1752 and 1768 are included under the topic Early Sure History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sure Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Shoore, Shore, Sure and others.

Early Notables of the Sure family

Distinguished members of the family include Elizabeth "Jane" Shore (c.1445-c.1527), one of the many mistresses of King Edward IV of England, described as "the merriest, the wiliest, and the holiest harlots." She was a...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sure Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Sure family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ellin Shore settled in Virginia in 1635; followed by James in 1636; and John in 1639; Mathew Shore settled in Barbados in 1635; Edward, George, John, Thomas and William Shore, all landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1845 and 1856..


Contemporary Notables of the name Sure (post 1700) +

  • Adolphus Frederic St. Sure (b. 1869), American Republican politician, Superior Court Judge in California; Judge, California Court of Appeal, 1923-25; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California, 1925-36 [6]


The Sure 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: Perimus licitis
Motto Translation: We perish by what is lawful.


  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Baring-Gould S., Family Names and their Story. London: Seeley, Service & Co. Limited, 1913. Print
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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