When Dr Hilla Sheriff was born on 29 May 1903, in Easley, Pickens, South Carolina, United States, her father, John Washington Sheriff, was 34 and her mother, Mary Lenora Smith, was 33. She lived in Pickens, Pickens, South Carolina, United States in 1910 and Orangeburg, Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States in 1920. She died on 10 September 1988, in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, United States.
English and Scottish: occupational name or nickname from Middle English shirreve, sher(r)eve, sheref(fe) ‘sheriff, officer of the Crown’ (Old English scīrgerēfa, from scīr ‘shire, county’ + (ge)rēfa ‘reeve’), literally the reeve (i.e. steward) of a shire. Compare Reeve .
Muslim (mainly Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Liberia): variant of Sharif . In Sierra Leone and Liberia this name is found mainly among the Mandinka people. Compare Sirleaf .