Scargall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Scargall family

The surname Scargall was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Scargill, held by Count Alan of Brittany who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086 as being in the North Riding of Yorkshire but actually what is now Cumberland. Count Alain received from William the Conqueror all the lands of the defeated Earl Edwin, son of Alfar, and became the first Earl of Richmond where he built his castle, his principal seat. Count Alain, although nominally a Breton, was related to William as brother-in-law.

Early History of the Scargall family

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Scargall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Scargill, Skargill, Scargil, Scargell, Skargell, Scargell, Scargall, Skargall, Skargel, Scargle, Skargle, Scargle, Skargyll, Skargil, Skargyll, Scargyll and many more.

Early Notables of the Scargall family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Scargall family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Florida, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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