Skaife History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Skaife family

The surname Skaife was first found in Durham where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded in Yorkshire in 1219 when Geoffrey Skaif held estates in Yorkshire.

Early History of the Skaife family

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Skaife Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Scafe, Scaife, Skaife, Scaif, Skaif, Skafe and others.

Early Notables of the Skaife family (pre 1700)

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United States Skaife migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skaife Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Skaife, who landed in Virginia in 1708 [1]
Skaife Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W. H. Skaife, aged 41, who arrived in America from Lancaster, England, in 1892
Skaife Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wilfred Skaife, aged 45, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1905
  • Lily Skaife, aged 21, who arrived in America from Hunslet, England, in 1920
  • Robert Skaife, aged 43, who arrived in Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1920

Canada Skaife migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skaife Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Wilfred Skaife, aged 49, who arrived in Montreal, Canada, in 1908
  • Wilfrid Skaife, aged 50, who arrived in Montreal, Canada, in 1910
  • Grace Skaife, aged 40, who arrived in Montreal, Quebec, in 1911
  • Gertrude Skaife, aged 20, who arrived in Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Marguarite Skaife, aged 23, who arrived in Montreal, Canada, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Skaife (post 1700) +

  • Sydney Harold "Stacey" Skaife D.Sc FRSSAf. (1889-1976), South African entomologist and naturalist
  • Mark Stephen Skaife OAM (b. 1967), Australian motor racing driver


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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