Sherwood

The Meaning & Origin of the Name Sherwood

Sherwood is an English boy name, which has 8 letters.

Sherwood is a surname derived from an Old English place name meaning "the wood of the shire." It is often used as a first name, and can also be used to refer to the Sherwood Forest, a legendary royal forest in Nottinghamshire, England.

Pronuncation SHUR-wud

Alternate Meaning From the bright forest

Origin or Current Usage English

Gender M

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Detailed Information About The Name Sherwood

The name Sherwood has its origins in Old English. It is a locational surname, derived from the words "scir," meaning bright or clear, and "wudu," which means wood. This suggests that the name Sherwood originally referred to someone who lived near a bright or clear wood. Sherwood is also the name of a renowned forest in Nottinghamshire, England. This forest is famously associated with the legendary outlaw Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. Sherwood Forest has a rich history dating back to the Anglo-Saxon era, when it was known as Sceferwuda. With an area spanning over 1000 acres, it offers diverse woodland habitats and an abundance of wildlife.

The name Sherwood gained popularity as a given name during the 19th century. It became more widely used as a surname as well, particularly in the United States. Today, Sherwood can be found as both a first name and a last name. It carries associations of nature, bravery, and adventure. Famous individuals who have borne the name Sherwood include Robert E. Sherwood, an American playwright and screenwriter, and Bobby Sherwood, an American jazz musician.

Due to its connection to the legendary forest, Sherwood has also become a popular place name. There are several towns and municipalities named Sherwood around the world, including Sherwood in Arkansas, Sherwood in Oregon, and Sherwood in Australia. These locations often embrace the forest theme and incorporate elements of natural beauty and tranquility into their identity.

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