Skeet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Skeet family

The surname Skeet was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and gave their name to the village of Skeoch near Mauchline, the setting for many of Robert Burns poems.

Early History of the Skeet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skeet research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1507, 1522, 1533 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Skeet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Skeet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Skeoch, Skewych, Skeach and others.

Early Notables of the Skeet family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Skeet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Skeet 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:

Skeet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. L. Skeet, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • H. Skeet, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • Harry Skeet, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • Robert Skeet, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • Elizabeth Skeet, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Skeet (post 1700) +

  • Sir Trevor Herbert Harry Skeet (1918-2004), New Zealand lawyer and a British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Willesden East (1959-1964), for Bedford (1970-1983) and for North Bedfordshire (1983-1997)
  • Andrew John Skeet (b. 1969), British musician, composer and music producer
  • Skeet Ulrich (b. 1970), born Bryan Ray Trout, American actor


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