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Skelton Early Origins



The surname Skelton was first found in Cumberland, at Skelton, a parish in the union of Penrith. There are no fewer that five villages or parishes so named throughout northern Britain. None have derived their name from the rather obvious use of the term "skeleton" today. Rather each literally meant "farmstead on a shelf or ledge," from the Viking word "scelf" + "tun." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Furthermore, many of the villages or parishes date back to the Domesday Book or shortly after: Scheltun, Cleveland (1086); Shelton, Cumbria ( c. 1160); Schilton, Humber (1086); Schelton, North Yorkshire (1086); and Scelton, North Yorkshire (12 century.) [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"The Skeltons of Cumberland date back to temp. Edward I." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

By the 11th century the family had acquired Armathwaite Castle in Cumberland, and later branched to Branthwaite and High House in that shire. "Armathwaite Castle [in Cumberland], a handsome modern edifice, built on the site of an ancient fortress, occupies a rocky elevation, at the foot of which flows the Eden; in the reign of Henry VIII. it was, with the estate, the property of John Skelton (c. 1463-1529), the poet-laureat. The chapel was rebuilt by Richard Skelton in 1668, having for some time previously been used as a shed for cattle." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Another source claims the family was from Lincolnshire as "one of the first ministers of Salem, Massachusetts, Samuel Skelton, was a nonconforming minister of Lincolnshire." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
We respectfully disagree with this latter source's claim as the lion's share of early records were from further north and this entry was from some four hundred years after the first entries.

The first record of the family was John de Skelton who was listed in the Early Yorkshire Charters (c. 1160-1193) Another John de Skelton was listed in the Feet of Fines for Yorkshire in 1286. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Almost one hundred years later, Willelmus de Skelton and Thomas de Skelton were listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

The Skeldon variant is an interesting one. Apart from the obvious phonetic similarity, some sources merge the entries and others do not. Reaney and Wilson claim one of the first entries for this variant was John Skeldyng who was listed in the Register of Freemen of York in 1463. And in this case, the family originated in Skelding, a township in the parish of Ripon in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
All of the Skelding entries that we could find were some two hundred years after the first Skelton entries, so we presume that the Skelding variant is of later stock, particularly as this name too originates in the Yorkshire, Cumberland area of Britain.

As one would expect, the close proximity to Scotland could encourage some of the family to migrate there. Archibald Skeldin, was burgess of Edinburgh, 1569 and the family may have originated Skeldoun in Kyle-Regis. "It may otherwise be from Skeldon in Yorkshire or from Skeldon in Northumberland." [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Skelton Spelling Variations


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Skelton Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Skelton, Skeldon and others.

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Skelton Early History


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Skelton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skelton research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1632, 1617, 1460, 1529, 1512, 1641, 1696, 1672, 1674, 1691 and are included under the topic Early Skelton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Skelton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skelton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was John Skelton, also known as John Shelton (c.1460-1529), probably born in Diss, Norfolk, an English poet; John Skelton, High Sheriff of...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skelton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Skelton In Ireland


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Skelton In Ireland



Some of the Skelton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skelton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Skelton settled in Salem Massachusetts with Susannah in 1629
  • Benjamin Skelton, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Nathaniel Skelton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Richard Skelton, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Robert Skelton settled in Virginia in 1670

Skelton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Skelton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1716
  • Ralph Skelton arrived in Jamaica in 1775

Skelton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Skelton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Henry Skelton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867
  • William Skelton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • Frank Skelton, who landed in Hancock County, Miss in 1888

Skelton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas, Anne, and John Skelton who arrived in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Ann Skelton, aged 18, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • John Skelton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • John Skelton, aged 38, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Jane Skelton, aged 36, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Skelton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Skelton, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Skelton, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Skelton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Skelton, aged 23, a groom, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Skelton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Skelton landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • William Skelton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Thomas Skelton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • William Skelton, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skelton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Skelton (post 1700)



  • Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton (1913-1997), American comedian, top radio and television star from 1937 to 1971, eponym of the Red Skelton Bridge and the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, he received an Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1987
  • Isaac Newton "Ike" Skelton IV (1931-2013), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1977-2011)
  • Charles Skelton (1806-1879), American Democratic Party politician
  • Karen E. Skelton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • John Hamilton Skelton (d. 1893), American politician, Mayor of Hartwell; Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1888-89
  • John Boone Skelton, American Democrat politician, Chair of Lafayette County Democratic Party, 1967
  • J. H. Skelton, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 31st District, 1902-03
  • Harold Newell Skelton, American Republican politician, Mayor of Lewiston, Maine, 1930-31; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1940
  • Charles Skelton (1806-1879), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 2nd District, 1851-55
  • Carolyn Skelton, American politician, American Independent Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 73rd District, 1970
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Skelton Historic Events


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Skelton Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Frederick Skelton, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Skelton


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Suggested Readings for the name Skelton



  • Nine Generations of the Skelton Family by Zenobia Bell Callahan.
  • Rogers-Skelton and Allied Families by Helen Rogers Skelton.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  4. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  11. ...

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