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Type Surname (from occupation)
Pronounced Pron. SHEHR-iff
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Other Forms FormsShreve, Shreves, Shreeves, Shreeve, Shrieves, Shrieve, Sherrif, Sherriff, Sheriffs, Shirreffs

Meaning & History

Occupational name for a sheriff, derived from Middle English schiref, shreeve, shryve literally meaning "sheriff", or from Old English scir meaning "shire, administrative district" and (ge)refa meaning "reeve". A famous bearer of this surname was the Israeli composer Noam Sheriff (1935-2018).
Added 6/5/2022 by General9696
Edited 6/5/2022 by General9696