Transferred use of the surname, which is an occupational name for someone who trimmed the nap of woollen cloth after it had been woven, from Old English scēara ‘shears’ + mann ‘man’. In the United States it is sometimes bestowed in honour of the Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman (1820–71).
English: habitational name from any of the many places, large and small, called Bradford; in particular the city in West Yorkshire, which originally rose to prosperity as a wool town. There are others in Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Greater Manchester, Norfolk, Somerset, and elsewhere. They are all named with Old English brād ‘broad’ + ford ‘ford’.