|Sherwood - An ancient English surname derived from the Old English elements 'Scir' meaning 'bright' or 'shire', and 'Wude' - a wood. Thus the name may have applied to a 'dweller in the bright wood' or a 'dweller in a wood near a Shire or County boundary'. It is thus of topographic origin (like the surname Wood) and may have sprung up independently in several regions at the same time. Also the name of a forest and a place in Nottinghamshire, where the surname could be of toponymic origin.
"Softly over Sherwood the south wind blows,
All the heart of England hid in every rose."
Alfred Noyes (Victorian Poet)
(The Crest is from Fairbairn's 'Crests' )
|For help with Sherwood families in:
Australia contact Lorraine Edwards
The UK, Ireland & ROW Bryan Sherwood
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|The most famous
The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham
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Our extracts from the Births, Marriages & Deaths Indexes for England & Wales from 1837 can be searched by clicking here (courtesy of the GoONS electronic archive).
Profile registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies
News of Sherwood Familes
Phil's Sherwood Ancestry in Kent or on Ancestry.co.uk
Sherwood Family Bibles - The remarkable story of Phil's bible.
Sherwood's listed on Wikipedia
Linkpendium page on Sherwood surname
Publications on Sherwood Families
Records Available in the Members Room
Some Sherwood extracts from the 1911 census for England & Wales can be seen here.
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