Sherman Surname Genealogy
Le Sherman of Hythe
in Essex who was granted a license to trade in wool in 1274.The
occupational surname for a cloth finisher,
trimmed the surface of the finest cloth with shears to remove any
excess nap. These
middleman who bought of cloth from cottage
weavers and then sold it
at weekly auctions to the clothes makers. The
Shermans of the
city of York in the 14th century formed one of the most ancient
of all guilds.The main
English spelling variant is Sharman.
derivation of the word is the Old English schere
meaning “shears” or “scissors” plus man implying the person in
and Dutch spellings of the name are
Schuerman, Schuermann and Schuurman. From these roots came the
meaning “tailor” and the Jewish Sherman name found in America.
Sherman Resources on
- The Sharman Page
- Sherman Family Tree
Ancestry of Philip Sherman, Rhode island immigrant.
- Sherman Research Books
- Sherman House Museum
Ohio home of General Sherman.
- Sherman DNA Project
Sherman, Shearman, and Sharman all exist as surnames in England, with Sharman being the
Early records of the Sherman
name were to be found in Essex and East Anglia.
Thomas Sherman was a church warden and lawyer who was born and
Diss in Norfolk in the 15th century.
Later Shermans were to be found at Yaxley in Suffolk and Dedham
where Henry Sherman was, appropriately enough, a prosperous clothier. Philip Sherman embarked from Dedham for the
New World in 1634.
Sharman has been more
a name of East Anglia stretching north into the East Midlands. Leicestershire accounted for a number of
these Sharmans. There was a Sharman
family of Leicester with a coat of arms dated 1619.
The village of Cranoe in Leicestershire had a
number of Sharmans living there in the 19th century.
Other Sharmans were to be found at Kettering
Sherman arrived in New England
in 1634 with several of his siblings and cousins and settled four years
in Rhode Island. He became the first
Secretary of the new colony. James S.
Sherman, US Vice President under Taft, was a descendant, as were some
famous names. The lineage was traced in
Roy V. Sherman’s 1968 book Descendants of Philip Sherman.
Other early Shermans in America from Dedham
- Captain John Sherman of Watertown
in Massachusetts, from whom descended Roger Sherman of Connecticut, a
the Declaration of Independence
Sherman of Woodbury in Connecticut, from whom descended in Ohio
William T. Sherman (after whom the Sherman tank was named) and
Sherman of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
William Sherman of Marshfield, Massachusetts. Some
of his descendants migrated to New Brunswick in Canada,
later moved to Ohio. Mary Holman’s 1936
book Descendants of William Sherman traced this line.
the Watertown line also came Sidney Sherman,
a general in the Texas army at the time of the Texas Revolution.
From the Woodbury line also came Loren
Sherman, the longtime publisher of The Daily Times of Port
Michigan. His son Frederick moved to
California and started The Daily Independent in Santa Barbara;
grandson Frederick was a highly decorated admiral of the US Navy during
Later the Sherman
numbers in America were boosted by Jewish Sherman immigrants. Notable Shermans here have been Al Sherman
and his sons the Sherman Brothers, writers of musical scores, and
comedy writer and singer of the 1960’s, Allan Sherman.
Canada. Caleb Sherman from
New England was granted
land in what became Salisbury, New Brunswick as early as 1764. Their family intermarried with the Beck
family and their home, now known as Beck House, still stands. Francis Sherman, born much later in
Fredericton in 1871 of seafaring stock, was a bank manager who achieved
local renown as a poet.
came to Toronto in 1905 from Kiev in the Russian empire.
He worked at his hardware store until his
death there at the age of 111 in 1982.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
General William T. Sherman was Lincoln’s
victorious general during the Civil War.
His brother John Sherman was the US Senator of
Ohio who introduced the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Sherman was a hero of the Texas Revolution that liberated
Texas from Mexico.
Al Sherman was a Jewish American songwriter of the early 20th century and the
first of a family of Shermans in the music business.
Select Shermans Today
- 13,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 27,000 in America (most numerous in California)
- 8,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)
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