The name Scinnier came to England
with the ancestors of the Scinnier family in the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The surname Scinnier is for a skinner.
Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old Norse word skinn,
and indicates that the original bearer was employed in the trade of removing animal hides.CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
As to underscore the significance of this trade name, "The Skinners' Company in London received their charter of incorporation so early as the first year of Edward II. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. Reader's note: King Edward II reigned from 1307 to 1327. Like many of these early entries, this would note that the registration occurred during the first year of King Edward's reign.
Early Origins of the Scinnier family
The surname Scinnier was first found in Lincolnshire
, where Sir Robert Skynner, a Norman knight received from Duke William the lands of Bolinbroke, accompanied with the hand in marriage of the daughter of their former owner, Robert de Bolinbroke, of the Saxon race. In the year 1070 the issue of this relationship intermarried with many distinguished houses until the chief branch became extinct in the year 1700.
Later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Henry le Skyniar in Oxfordshire. 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) Kirby's Quest listed Robert le Skynnar in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Sckynner; and Willelmus de Parlyngton, skynnar. 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 latter listing referring to the trade.
Early History of the Scinnier family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scinnier research.Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1721, 1807, 1746, 1788, 1744, 1816, 1411, 1596, 1587, 1596, 1623, 1667, 1596, 1587, 1596, 1629 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Scinnier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Scinnier Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Skinner, Skynner, Skiner and others.
Early Notables of the Scinnier family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Skinner (died c.1411), MP for Shrewsbury; Thomas Skinner (died 1596), master of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers and a London Alderman elected Sheriff in 1587 and Lord Mayor of... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scinnier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Scinnier family to Ireland
Some of the Scinnier family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Scinnier family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Scinnier or a variant listed above were: John Skinner (1590-1650), an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut; Thomas Skinner who settled in Virginia in 1606.
The Scinnier Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sanguis et vulnera
Motto Translation: Blood and wounds.