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Where did the English Scurn family come from? What is the English Scurn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Scurn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Scurn family history?

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Scurn family lived in Lincolnshire.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Skerne, Skearne, Skern, Skearn, Skyre, Skryne, Skyrne and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where they were Lords of the manor of Bonby, and conjecturally are descended from Ralph de Mortimer, who held his lands from Hugh Fitz Baldric, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Survey in 1086 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scurn research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scurn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Scurn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Scurn or a variant listed above: Joseph Skrine landed in America in 1750.

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  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Scurn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scurn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:59.

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