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Where did the Scottish Skeens family come from? What is the Scottish Skeens family crest and coat of arms? When did the Skeens family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Skeens family history?

The Skeens 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.

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

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skeens 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 Skeens History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 88 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skeens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skeens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • James Skeens, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Dorothy Skeens, aged 16, who landed in America from Portsmouth, England, in 1910
  • Henrietta Skeens, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States from Kloon, England, in 1910
  • Rose Skeens, aged 42, who settled in Boston, U.S.A., in 1920

Skeens Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Sarah Skeens, aged 45, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1914

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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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The Skeens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skeens 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 14 November 2012 at 08:26.

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