Scarisbrick Name:

The English surname Scarisbrick, also found as Scarsbrick, Scarsbrook, Scarasbrick and Scarrisbrick, is local in origin, belonging to that category of surnames derived from the name of the place where an original bearer dwelt or where he once held land

In this instance, therefore, the surname signifies simply "(descendant of) one who hails from Scarisbrick", this being the name of a township in the Lancashire parish of Ormskirk, in what was formerly known as the West Derby Hundred.

The place name itself comes from the Old Norse, and literally "(the Norseman called) Skar's hill-slope.

Scarisbrick appears to have been a village of some size during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, being first mentioned c.1200, with first person known to have had a bye-name derived from it being Gilbert de Scaresbrec in the early thirteenth century. Succeeded by his son Walter, his family continued to hold Scarisbrick for centuries to come, and the historian Richard McKinley notes that "Most, and possibly all, the people named Scarisbrick found in Lancashire during the Middle Ages were members of the land-owning family" (The Surnames of Lancashire, English Surnames Series, IV).

Reference to the name after this date include one to Thomas Scarysbrig, Doctor of Divinity registered at the University of Oxford in 1508, and one to the marriage of Anthony Scarisbrick, mercer of London, to Jane Glascocke in 1615.

The surname did not in fact become prolific until the late sixteenth century, when it multiplied in the parish of Ormskirk, spreading from there, albeit in small numbers, to the neighbouring parishes, such as Halsall and West Derby:

Finally, it is interesting to note that when it reached London, the name became Scarysbrig, and also that it was among the first surnames to reach the New World, a list of passengers on the ship Paul, bound for St. Christopher's out of London in April, 1635, included one William Scarsbrick.

For 1881 Census details on local residents with the name Scarisbrick click here

It is believed that the Scarisbrick Coat of Arms below was granted to Sir Henry de Scarisbrick who fought at Agincourt and died in 1420.

Blazon of Arms:

Gules three mullets in bend between two bendlets engrailed argent.


A dove sable beaked and legged gules holding in the beak an olive branch proper.






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