The ancestors of the McSkimin family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from a Breton personal name
. McSkimin is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. This surname comes from a Breton personal name
, which contained the first component, cam,
which means bent or crooked. The name came to England
with the Norman settlers after William the Conqueror's success at the Battle of Hastings. It was not long, however, before many members of the McSkimin family became dissatisfied with William's rule. In rebellion, many of them fled north, into Scotland
, where they were granted lands by King Malcolm Canmore. In Scotland, this family settled in the county of Northumberland
, beginning in 1070.
Early Origins of the McSkimin family
The surname McSkimin was first found in Norfolk
, and Yorkshire
, in the 12th and 13th centuries. Robert of Comyn (Comines,) a noble who accompanied William the Conqueror and was made Earl of Northumberland.
One of the first records of the family was John Comyn (Cumyn) (c. 1215-1275) who was Lord of Badenoch in Scotland and justiciar of Galloway in 1258. He founded and started the construction of Blair Castle with a tower in 1269. He was nephew of Alexander Comyn, Earl of Buchan, Constable of Scotland, and of Walter Comyn, Earl of Mentieth.
Early History of the McSkimin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McSkimin research.Another 694 words (50 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1153, 1133, 1302, 1296, 1306, 1289, 1258, 1275, 1263, 1264, 1286, 1150, 1212, 1180, 1212 and 1189 are included under the topic Early McSkimin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McSkimin Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name McSkimin include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.
Early Notables of the McSkimin family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Alexander Comyn (d. 1289), Earl of Buchan, a Scotish-Norman nobleman, son of William Comyn and Marjory, Countess of Buchan, the heiress of the last native Scottish Mormaer of... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McSkimin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McSkimin family to Ireland
Some of the McSkimin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 178 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McSkimin family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McSkimin or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Comyngs, who settled in Plymouth, MA in 1620; George Cumming, who came to New Jersey in 1685; William Cumming, who arrived in Annapolis, MD in 1717.