Origin of the Name Sherlock
The origin of the name Sherlock
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Sherlock include Shylock. This is a Nickname from 'scir locc' meaning 'bright-haired'. This was one of the great Anglo-Norman families who landed in England with the Norman Invasion and then onto Ireland with the Anglo-Norman Invasion. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in the above countries. Examples of such are a Beatrice Schyrlok, County Bedfordshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a Johannes Shirlok, who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. In Ireland it was found in the form of Scurlock, and in County Westmeath we find two townlands of Scurlockstown named after these families. One distinguished family settled in County Waterford, their seat being Butlerstown. John Sherlock, who was born in France of Irish parents, took part in the Bantry Bay expedition of 1796.
The Sherlock 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 Sherlock descendants.