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The Skeen 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.

Skeen Early Origins



The surname Skeen 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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Skeen Spelling Variations


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Skeen Spelling Variations



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

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Skeen Early History


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Skeen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skeen 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 Skeen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Skeen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skeen 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 Skeen 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:

Skeen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Skeen, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Thomas Skeen, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1858
  • Wm. Skeen, aged 29, who settled in America from Aremagh, in 1892

Skeen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Oswald Skeen, aged 27, who landed in America from Newcastle, in 1905
  • Thomas Skeen, aged 14, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, Eng, in 1917
  • Helen Skeen, aged 45, who settled in America from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1922

Skeen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Skeen, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Isabella Skeen, aged 31, a house maid, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Thomas Skeen, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

Skeen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Skeen landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Skeen, aged 19, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • Catherine Skeen, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skeen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Skeen (post 1700)



  • Major General Henry G. "Hank" Skeen (1933-2006), American General of the United States Army
  • Buren Skeen (1938-1965), American NASCAR driver
  • Jamie Skeen (b. 1988), American professional basketball player
  • Joseph Richard "Joe" Skeen (1927-2003), American conservative Republican congressman
  • Major General Henry G. "Hank" Skeen (1933-2006), U.S. Army Logistic Evaluation Agency
  • Orel J. Skeen, American Democrat politician, West Virginia State Treasurer; Elected 1956
  • Joseph Richard Skeen (1927-2003), American Republican politician, Member of New Mexico State Senate, 1960-70; New Mexico Republican State Chair, 1962-65; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1964
  • Estel Skeen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Jackson County, 1954
  • C. A. Skeen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indian Territory, 1904
  • Ben T. Skeen, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1909-11, 1925-27
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. 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.
    4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    11. ...

    The Skeen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skeen 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 6 November 2015 at 14:05.

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