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

The origins of the Skidmore name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Scudamore which historically has unknown origins possibly in the west or south-west of England. This place-name may have been derived from the Old English word scitemor which means one who lived at the moor.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Skidmore were recorded, including Scudamore, Scudmore and others.

First found in Monmouthshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skidmore research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1542, 1623, 1574, 1568, 1619, 1601, 1671, 1650, 1697, 1673, 1679, 1684, 1716, 1705 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Skidmore History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 169 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skidmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Skidmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Skidmore family emigrate to North America:

Skidmore Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Augustine Skidmore, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Thomas Skidmore, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1643
  • Mary Skidmore, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Henry Skidmore, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Skidmore Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. W E Skidmore, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860


  • Louis Skidmore (1897-1962), American architect, recipient of the AIA Gold Medal
  • Hubert Skidmore (1909-1946), American novelist
  • Paul Skidmore (b. 1956), American retired professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Walter Dennis Skidmore (1903-1993), American basketball coach
  • Alan Skidmore (b. 1942), English tenor saxophonist
  • Jeffrey Skidmore (b. 1951), English artistic director of Ex Cathedra, a choral group based in Birmingham
  • James Richard "Jimmy" Skidmore (1916-1998), English jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Hugh Skidmore (b. 1990), Australian speedway rider
  • Christopher James "Chris" Skidmore (b. 1981), British politician and historian


  • The Scudamores of Upton, Scudmore: a Knightly Family in Medieval Wiltshire, 1086-1382 by Warren Skidmore.
  • Skidmore: Rickmansworth, England-Delaware-North Carolina and West by Warren Skidmore.
  • Thomas Skidmore (Scudamore), 1605-1684, of Westerleigh, Gloucestshire, and Fairfield, Connecticut by Warren Skidmore.

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: Scuto amoris divini
Motto Translation: By the shield of Godís love.


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The Skidmore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skidmore 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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