Sherrard Family History
Sherrard Name Meaning
English:: from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Shirard (Old English Scīrheard composed of the elements scīr ‘bright’ and heard ‘hard bold’). Alternatively the name may be a nickname deriving from Middle English shir (Old English scīr) ‘bright fair’ with the addition of the Anglo-Norman French suffix -ard. local pronunciation of Sherwood especially perhaps in Leicestershire Kent Lincolnshire Norfolk Sussex and Yorkshire. It may also have been much confused with Skerritt . This name or the name in 1 above has been established in Ireland (Derry) since the 17th century along with Sherwood (in most provinces). variant of Scarratt perhaps a habitational name from an unidentified locality in or near Audley (Staffordshire) implied by the surname of Henry Skaryok (1298) or Scarioc (1307) who appears as a tenant in Horton near Rudyard in the Audley estate records. Skaryok might refer to a damaged or mis-shapen oak tree (Middle English scarri ‘(?) scraggy’) later developing to Scariot through the common substitution of /t/ for final /k/. Alternatively the spellings may be copyists' errors for Scariot perhaps a nickname from playing the part of Judas Iscariot in a mystery play. The name seems to have been thoroughly confused with Sherrard and its many variants.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022