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Sherwood Surname Origin

From the Saxon sher (scir), clear, and wood, a clearing in the wood, or the cleared woods; or as Bailey gives the word, 'Sheer-wood, in Nottinghamshire.' It may be derived from shire, (Saxon) scire, (Origin German) schier, to divide, a portion or division of land; of which divisions there are forty in England, twelve in Wales, and twenty-four in Scotland.

Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

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