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Where did the English Skaff family come from? What is the English Skaff family crest and coat of arms? When did the Skaff family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Skaff family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Skeffington, Sheffington, Skiffington, Skefington and others.

First found in Leicestershire in the midlands of England where they held a family seat from the year 1100 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skaff research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1465, 1535, 1508, 1515, 1521, 1535, 1695, 1660, 1714 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Skaff History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skaff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Skaff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Arthur and Mark Skeffington settled in Philadelphia in 1851; Felix Daniel, James John, Michael and Peter Skiffington arrived in Pennsylvania in 1849; Daniel, Felix, James, John, Michael, and Peter Skiffington settled in Pennsylvania between 1822 to 1866. In Newfoundland, George settled in St. John's in 1703.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per augusta ad augusta
Motto Translation: Through dangers to honor.

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  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Skaff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skaff Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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