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Recorded as Shore, Shores, Shoreman, Shoreson, Shearson, Sherson, Sherstone, Shireston, and others, this is an English surname. It is locational, topographical or sometimes occupational, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th century word 'scora' meaning a coast or river line. If locational it is from a place called Shore, of which examples exist in Devonshire and Lancashire, or if topographical it describes somebody who lived by the shore of a river or the coast. Such 'residential' surnames were among the earliest created, as both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages.

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