Sharrock(s),Shorrock(s),Shurrock etc. - Surname YDNA Group
Please note that a YDNA study is being set up for the Shorrock group of families. The website can be accessed at: www.familytreedna.com/public/shorrock.families. New members are very welcome.
It is highly probable that all the males who share one of the related surnames originate from a single ancestor (i.e. the name is monogenetic). The name relates to a former hamlet 4 miles west of Blackburn in Lancashire called Shorrock Green (there was also a nearby place called Shorrock Hey). The name probably comes from Old English 'scora' = bank + 'ac' = oak.
In the 1881 Census nearly all the UK name holders (about 2,200 in total) were strongly focused on Lancashire. It seems that the variants may also be monogenetic in that they broke away from the parent name 'Shorrock' (1,480 people in 1881) one by one with specific ancestors being associated with each name. In 1881, the main localities and numbers were:
Shorrock (1,480) Blackburn,Preston,Haslingden
Sharrock (938) Wigan, Ormskirk, Bolton, Liverpool
Shorrocks (395) Bolton, Chorlton, Salford, Manchester
Sharrocks (352) Rochdale.
The study will also explore relationships with other family names that could be inter-related (e.g. Shurrock)