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About the study
Although research is on-going, this one name study is very complete, as Sherris is a rare surname.
Every true Sherris - about 750 people - traces back to one family on the Isles of Scilly in the early 1700's.
Sherris has numerous variants, especially in America, and almost all are not part of the true Sherris family.
I have documented Faux Sherris trees.
There are two theories for the origin of the surname.
One is that they may have come from Cornwall where there are similar sounding names.
The other is that they may have come from Spain, as the Isles of the Scilly were on the trade route to England. In Shakespeare, Falstaff speaks of 'a good sherris sack' - meaning sherry from Hereth.
Distribution of the name
Isles of Scilly
Middlesbrough (A Sherris sailed from Scilly to the North East and married and stayed there)
My grandmother was Emily Sherris from Middlesbrough.