When Shearer was born about 1820, in Ashe, North Carolina, United States, his father, John Shearer, was 29 and his mother, Mary Green, was 24. He died from 1820 to 1830, at the age of 11.
Scottish and English: occupational name for a reaper of standing crops, a sheep shearer, or someone who used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap, from Middle English sherer(e) ‘shearer’, an agent derivative of Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’. Middle English schere denoted shears and scissors of all sizes. Compare Sherman .
Americanized form of German or Jewish (Ashkenazic) Scherer or Scherrer , cognates of 1 above. Compare Sharrer .
Americanized form of German Scheurer .
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