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About the study
History of the name
- The earliest reference is in 958AD, when a SCIRWUDU was a prominent Saxon during the reign of the Wessex King Edwig ('The Literary Digest', 29 December 1928). Another early reference is to William de Shirewude 1219 Assize Rolls: Yorks.
- For genealogists perhaps the most notable Sherwood was George F Tudor Sherwood, born 1867 in Fulham, London, who was a founder and first Secretary of the Society of Genealogists in London. His ancestors came from Drayton, Berkshire ca1530.
- James Allen Sharwood (1859-1941), founder of J A Sharwood & Co. Ltd. the well known Grocery & Provision Merchants, who brought Chutney & Curry to the English. Born in the City of London and died in South Africa, his Sharwoods came from Irchester in Northants where they were recorded firstly as Sherwoods in the 17C. The ship bringing his ashes back to England was torpedoed.
- Mrs Mary Martha Sherwood (1775-1851) authoress of many popular children's books, she was the Enid Blyton of her day.
- Robert Sherwood (flour.1632), Lexicographer. B.A., Camb.1626. In 1622 wrote a French-English Dictionary, which continued in use for many years.
- William Sherwood (d.1482), Bishop of Meath, bishop 1460-82, Deputy-Viceroy 1475-77; Chancellor of Ireland 1475-81.
- John Sherwood (d.1494 Rome) Bishop of Durham; MA Univ. Coll, Oxford 1450; brought Greek authors from Italy; Edward IV's advocate at Rome; partisan of Richard III. He was in effect England's first overseas Ambassador.
- William Shirwood (fl.1260) Schoolman; Treasurer of Lincoln; eulogised by Roger BACON.
- Tim Sherwood, a professional English footballer, who has played for England and Spurs. Also Alf Sherwood for Cardiff & Wales 1940's.
- James Blair Sherwood: Founder & President, Sea Containers Group, since 1965. Chairman Orient-Express Hotels since 1987. b. 8 Aug 1933 in USA, son of William Earl S. & Florence Balph S.
Distribution of the name
All entries from the General Register Offices BMD Indexes for England & Wales from 1837 to at least 1901 have been recorded. This data can be searched on the Guild web site. Complete extracts have been made from the 1901 census on-line, and sorted into family groups. Some census indexes are also held for other years.
Many PCC Wills have been abstracted from the Sherwood Collection at the SoG, and many grants of probate since 1858 in England and Wales have also been recorded. Records of WW1 Soldiers in Class WO363 at TNA are also being abstracted. We also hold numerous entries from Parish Registers as well as pedigrees submitted by many researchers.