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The Skains surname is thought to be derived from the Aberdeenshire parish of the same name. Legend has it that the first bearer of the name was second son of Struan Robertson, who saved king Malcolm II (circa 1014) by slaying a wolf with his "sgian," or "skene," (Scottish dagger) in Stocket Forest. which meant "a dagger." It is said that he was rewarded with the lands of Skene and henceforth used the name Skene.

Skains Early Origins



The surname Skains was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat sometime before the year 1250. The family had always maintained the rank of free Barons and held the Castle Skene, and the Earldom of Mar in Aberdeen.

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Skains Spelling Variations


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Skains Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Skene, Skeyne, Skeen, Skeene, Skin and many more.

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Skains Early History


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Skains Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skains research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1317, 1411, 1543, 1597, 1617, 1809, 1825, 1881, and 1892 are included under the topic Early Skains History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Skains Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skains Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was William Forbes Skene (1809-1892), who was appointed the Royal Historiograapher for Scotland in 1881, and was the author of The Highlanders of Scotland, Celtic Scotland, and other celebrated works; and Sir John Skene (1543-1617), who acquired Curriehill...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skains 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:

Skains Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jones Skains, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1906
  • William Skains, aged 27, who emigrated to Camden, USA, in 1922

Skains Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Samuel Skains, aged 22, who settled in Colliers, Newfoundland, in 1920

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skains (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Skains (post 1700)



  • James Ronald Skains, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Louisiana 4th District, 2000

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Motto


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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: Virtutis regia merces
Motto Translation: A palace the reward of bravery.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    11. ...

    The Skains Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skains 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 2015 at 10:53.

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