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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

Similar surnames: Sheard, Sherratt, Seward, Sharrar, Shearer, Sherrin, Sheward

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You can see how Sherrard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sherrard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sherrard families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 28 Sherrard families living in Ontario. This was about 60% of all the recorded Sherrard's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sherrard families in 1911.
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What did your Sherrard ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Sherrard. 54% of Sherrard men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Sherrard women worked as a Farmer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
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Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Sherrard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Sherrard in 1953 was 42, and 71 in 2004.

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