The Skeene 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 Skeene family
The surname Skeene 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 Skeene family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skeene 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 Skeene History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skeene Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Skene, Skeyne, Skeen, Skeene, Skin and many more.
Early Notables of the Skeene family (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 Skeene Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skeene family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Skeene Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Skeene, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1872 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Skeene (post 1700)
- Dexter Skeene (b. 1964), Trinidadian international footballer who played on the national team 1988 to 1991, currently the CEO of the TT Pro League
The Skeene 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.