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Origins of the Sharp surname

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What does the name Sharp mean?

Sharp is a surname that originates in England. It is a descriptive nickname, given to someone who may have been particularly quick witted, keen or cutting, and then passed to their descendants. It derives from the Middle English 'scharpe' (Sharp) and arose during this period.

Alternative variations of the name Sharp

Sharp, Sharpe, Shairp, Sherp, Shairpe

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Where do most Sharps live?

In 1921, most Sharps lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Sharps

How common is your surname?

160th most common surname in the UK

We have 241,000 records for the Sharp surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Sharps most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Sharp first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Sharps

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Sharps in 1921


Domestic Servant




House Servant


General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Sharps in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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