Skeen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Skeen family

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.

Early History of the Skeen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skeen research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1317, 1825, 1411, 1543, 1617 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Skeen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Skeen Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Skeen family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir John Skene (1543-1617), who acquired Curriehill (taking the title Lord Curriehill); he was a much published lawyer in Scotland, who compiled...
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United States Skeen migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • 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 immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, Eng, in 1917
  • Helen Skeen, aged 45, who settled in America from Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1922

Australia Skeen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Skeen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Skeen, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Isabella Skeen, aged 31, a house maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Thomas Skeen, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

New Zealand Skeen migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

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

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
  • Dick Skeen, former American tennis player
  • Orel J. Skeen, American Democrat politician, West Virginia State Treasurer; Elected 1956 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • Estel Skeen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Jackson County, 1954 [2]
  • C. A. Skeen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indian Territory, 1904 [2]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Harvey Leroy Skeen, American Seaman Second Class from Arizona, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

The Skeen 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.

  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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