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Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Erskine were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived on the Clyde river, near Glasgow. The town name comes from the Gaelic air an sgian, meaning "upon the knife," Legend has it that a Scotsman under the command of Malcolm II uttered the phrase after slaying a Danish leader at the Battle of Murthill.

Erskine Early Origins



The surname Erskine was first found in at Erskine in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Fri), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland. In the year 1225, King Alexander II granted Henry de Erskine, who held the baroncy of Erskine, lands in Renfrewshire. Sir John Ireskin also swore an oath of allegiance to King Edward I of England in 1296. Members of the Erskine family appear in many other documents and records dating from throughout the 13th century and afterward. A few of the more interesting records show that Henry de Erskyn bore official witness to the Earl of Lennox's grant of a church to the Abbey of Paisley, and that in 1491, Robert Erschin held the office of Canon of Glasgow.

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Erskine Spelling Variations


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Erskine Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Erskine has appeared as Erskine, Arskine, Arskin, Erskin, Irskine, Hirskine, Ersken and many more.

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Erskine Early History


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Erskine Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Erskine research. Another 469 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1715, 1552, 1572, 1558, 1634, 1685, 1592, 1572, 1616, 1671, 1558, 1634, 1615, 1677, 1662, 1743, 1695, 1768, 1624, 1696 and are included under the topic Early Erskine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Erskine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Erskine Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was John Erskine, 5th Lord Erskine (died 1552), a Scottish nobleman; John Erskine, 17th Earl of Mar (died 1572), Regent of Scotland; John Erskine, 2nd Earl of Mar (ca.1558-1634), Scottish politician; William Erskine (died 1685), Master of Charterhouse Hospital; Alexander Erskine of Gogar, (died...

Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Erskine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Erskine In Ireland


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Erskine In Ireland



Some of the Erskine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Erskine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Erskine, who arrived in Jamaica in 1711
  • Christopher Erskine, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1725
  • Henry Erskine, who landed in Maryland in 1750
  • Thomas Erskine settled in New England in 1773

Erskine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Erskine, who landed in America in 1803
  • William Erskine, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1810
  • A Erskine, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Alexander Erskine, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • John, Richard and William Erskine arrived in Philadelphia in 1876

Erskine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Erskine, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Erskine, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Erskine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Erskine, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851

Erskine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Erskine arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Louisa Erskine arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Jessie Erskine arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Ellen Erskine arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Allan Erskine arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Winterthur" in 1866
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Erskine (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Erskine (post 1700)



  • Albert Russel Erskine (1871-1933), American businessman president of Studebaker from 1915 to 1933, eponym of the Erskine automobile
  • Peter Erskine (b. 1954), American jazz drummer and composer
  • George B. Erskine, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940 (alternate), 1944, 1948 (alternate); Chair of Cameron County Republican Party, 1953
  • Emmett E. Erskine, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • David Erskine, American politician, U.S. Consul in Stockholm, 1818-36
  • C. D. Erskine, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 41st District, 1921-28
  • Byron R. Erskine, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 16th Circuit, 1906-10
  • B. G. Erskine, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932
  • Alden J. Erskine, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State Senate 12th District; Elected 1970
  • Mrs. A. R. Erskine, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1924
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Erskine Historic Events


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Erskine Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Roy D Erskine (b. 1921), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Southsea, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John G M Erskine (b. 1908), Irish Lieutenant-Commander (E) serving for the Royal Navy from Holywood, County Down, Ireland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



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: Je pense plus
Motto Translation: I think more.


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Erskine Clan Badge


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Erskine Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Erskine
Arascain, Areskin, Arreskin, Arskin, Arskine, Arsking, Arskink, Earskan, Earskand, Earskane, Earskant, Earsken, Earskend, Earskent, Earskin, Earskind, Earskine, Earsking, Earskink, Earskint, Earskyn, Earskynd, Erskan, Erskand, Erskane, Erskant, Ersken, Erskend, Erskent, Erskin, Erskind, Erskine, Ersking, Erskink, Erskint, Erskyn, Erskynd, Hirskine, Hirsking, Hirskink, Irskine, Irsking, Irskink and more.

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Erskine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Erskine 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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