Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a sheepshearer or someone who
used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excess
nap, from Middle English shereman ‘shearer’.
spelling of German Schuermann.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tailor, from Yiddish sher ‘scissors’ +
- Roger Sherman (1722–93), the only man to sign all three documents
at the foundation of the American republic (the Declaration of
Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S.
Constitution), was born in Newton, MA, a descendant of Capt.
John Sherman, who had emigrated in about 1636 to MA from Dedham,
Essex, England, where his father was a farmer, following his brother Edmund,
who had emigrated two years earlier. A descendant of Edmund Sherman
was the U.S. general William Tecumseh Sherman (1820–91), who led
the Union march through GA. He was born in Lancaster, OH, the son of a
judge; his middle name was bestowed in honor of a Shawnee
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