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Skaife Early Origins



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.

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Skaife Spelling Variations


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Skaife Spelling Variations



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

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Skaife Early History


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Skaife Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skaife research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1`24, 1273 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Skaife History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Skaife Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skaife Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Skaife Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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

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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skaife (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Skaife Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skaife 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 7 November 2016 at 21:21.

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