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Reskiner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Reskiner family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Reskiner family originally lived in Cornwall, the manor of Reskymer, near Helston.

Early Origins of the Reskiner family


The surname Reskiner was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Reskymer in Mawgan near Helston in that shire. It is said that by the mid 16th century fourteen generations of the family had been resident at Reskymer, placing their origin about the year 1100, soon after the Norman Conquest of England at Hastings.

Early History of the Reskiner family


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Reskiner Spelling Variations


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Reskinner, Reskymer, Reskiner, Roskymer, Roskinner, Reskimer and many more.

Early Notables of the Reskiner family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Reskiner family to the New World and Oceana


The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Reskiner: Adam Roskimer who landed in North America in 1710.

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