This German surname of SCHARRER is of two-fold origin. It was an occupational name for a carder of wool, derived from the Old German word SCHARREN. The name also meant one who was the inspector who was required to stamp his approval on cloth. Many crafts were required regarding cloth and wool, first from the shearing of sheep to the finished article. The occupation of the officer whose duty it was to inspect all cloths for proper quality and length and attach his seal of approval, was an unpopular official. It was known in the Middle Ages that such a person could be mobbed and mortally wounded, should his sanction not be given. Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. It was also a habitation name from any of the various places, such as SCHARR in Switzerland and the Upper Palatinate or SCHARRE in Saxony. Other spellings of the name include SCHARR, SCHARRE, SCHAER, SCHAERE, SCHAIRER and SCHAIRE. Fletcher Hasting SCHARER, born on the 16th December 1909 is an American Clergyman. His appointments have included District Superintendent at the Tri-State Methodist Church, Claremont, California, and Pastor at the Ist Methodist Church, Phoenix Arizona from 1959. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized.
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