In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the McSkiming family were born. Their name comes from a Breton personal name
. McSkiming 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 McSkiming 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 McSkiming family
The surname McSkiming 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 McSkiming family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McSkiming 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 McSkiming History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McSkiming Spelling Variations
In various documents McSkiming has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Cumin, Cumins, Cumine, Cummin, Cummins, Cummine, Comings, Comins, Commin and many more.
Early Notables of the McSkiming 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 McSkiming Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McSkiming family to Ireland
Some of the McSkiming 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 McSkiming family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McSkiming or a variant listed above include: 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.