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The Sherwood One-Name Study Group

Welcome to the Home Page of the Sherwood One-Name Study Group. 
Registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies since 1995

We welcome enquiries from anyone tracing their Sherwood family history world-wide and cover variants such as Sharwood, Shearwood, Sherrard, Sh*r*d etc. To learn more of our group and apply to join (which is free) click here.
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:
America contact Geoff Sherwood
Australia contact Lorraine Edwards
Canada contact Ken Parker
The UK, Ireland & ROW  Bryan Sherwood
 

There is also a Members Room (click to enter) containing further data for Group Members (password available from Phil.)

The most famous Sherwood Tree?

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).

Sherwood Profile registered with the Guild
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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This page was last updated on 10 Sep 2013.