Origin of the Name Sharp
The origin of the name Sharp
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Sharp is a nickname meaning 'the quick clean cutting'. Variants of the name include Sharpe, Shairp and Sharipp. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are an Alexander Scharp, County Buckinghamshire, a John Scharp, County Sussex, and a William Scharpe, County Lincolnshire, who were all recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A William Scharp was recorded as a tenant of the Earl of Douglas in the Barony of Kilbucho, Scotland, in the year 1376. In Ireland the names Sharp and Sharpe are rendered as O'Gearain, especially in County Donegal, and in their anglicized form these names are found throughout Ulster Province, having been being introduced there from Scotland and England especially during the seventeenth century.
The Sharp coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Sharp descendants.