Shead


Shead
Recorded in a number of spellings including Shead, Shed and Shedd, this is an English residential surname. It derives from the pre 7th century Olde English 'scaed' meaning a boundary marker, or the similar 'sceard', given as being a gap or cleft (in the hills). The name describes one who lived or more likely, came from such places. There does not seem to be any site in either name in the the gazetters unless it be for instance Chard in Somerset, nor is there a reference in the current medieval village lists, but as about ten percent of British and Irish surnames originate from places which have completely disappeared from all known maps, this is not in itself totally surprising. Residential surnames by their nature were often given to people after they left their place of origin and moved elsewhere. ' Elsewhere' could be the next village or the next county, but in either case the easiest way to identfy a 'stranger' in the small communities of the Middle Ages was to call him, or sometimes her, by the name of the place from whence they came. Spelling being at best problematical and local dialects very thick, lead to the development of variant surname forms. In this case the earliest recording may be that of Adam atte Shard of Worcester in the year 1275, or possibly Hugo del Sherd of Cheshire in 1354. Later recordings taken from the surviving church registers of past times include: Robb Shedd, who was christened at the famous church of St Giles Cripplegate, city of London, on March 8th 1648, and his father George, who was recorded in the spellings of both Shed and Shedd. Another recording from the same period is that of Mary Shead, who on June 27th 1695 married George Warner at All Hallows church, London Wall.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • shead — shead·ing; …   English syllables

  • Shead — /ʃɛd/ (say shed) noun Garry, born 1942, Australian semi abstract painter, pop artist, filmmaker and printmaker; Archibald Prize winner 1993 …   Australian English dictionary

  • shead|ing — «SHEE dihng», noun. a civil division on the Isle of Man. ╂[variant of earlier shedding, verbal noun < shed, in early meaning “to divide”] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shead, Garry — (1942 Syndey ) (Australia)    Painter, cartoonist, and filmmaker. Studied at the National Art School    Source: Sasha Grishin, Garry Shead and the erotic muse (St. Leonards: Craftsman House, 2001), 204 p., ill …   Dictionary of erotic artists: painters, sculptors, printmakers, graphic designers and illustrators

  • Brian Shead — is best known for designing, engineering, constructing and driving Cheetah Racing Cars. From May 1970 to February 1980, Shead competed in 293 events, from which he achieved 112 wins, 228 podium places, 85 fastest laps and 30 lap records. His… …   Wikipedia

  • Artie Shead — Personal information Born July 29, 1978 (1978 07 29) (age 33) New Zealand …   Wikipedia

  • Garry Shead — is Australian artist and filmmaker who won the Archibald Prize in 1992/93 with a portrait of Tom Thompson, and won the Dobell Prize in 2004 with Colloquy with John Keats .He won the Young Contemporaries Prize in 1967 and travelled to Japan, Papua …   Wikipedia

  • sheading — shead·ing …   English syllables

  • Jocelin (Bishop of Glasgow) — infobox bishopbiog name = Jocelin religion=Roman Catholic Church See = Diocese of Glasgow Title = Bishop of Glasgow Period = 1174/5 ndash; 1199 consecration = 1175 Predecessor = Enguerrand Successor = Hugh de Roxburgh post = Abbot of Melrose |… …   Wikipedia

  • Jocelin — Biographie Naissance Vers 1130 aux Scottish Borders ou Northumberland Décès 17 mars 1199 à Melrose …   Wikipédia en Français


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.