Skeens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Skeens family

The surname Skeens 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 Skeens family

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

Skeens Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Skeens 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...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skeens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Skeens migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to the United States from Kloon, England, in 1910
  • Rose Skeens, aged 42, who settled in Boston, U.S.A., in 1920

Canada Skeens migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skeens Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Sarah Skeens, aged 45, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name Skeens (post 1700) +

  • Jesse Skeens, American DJ and record producer, better known as Medway who has released records on such record labels as Hooj Choons and Release Records
  • Lewis I. Skeens, American politician, Mayor of Princeton, West Virginia, 1980-81 [1]


The Skeens 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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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