The Skeenes 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 Skeenes family
The surname Skeenes 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 Skeenes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skeenes 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 Skeenes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skeenes Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Skene, Skeyne, Skeen, Skeene, Skin and many more.
Early Notables of the Skeenes 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 Skeenes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skeenes family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Skene who settled in West New Jersey in 1664; Robert Skene, who was on record in Maryland in 1700; Thomas Skene, who arrived in South Carolina in 1760.
The Skeenes 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.