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The Skehan 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.

Skehan Early Origins



The surname Skehan 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.

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Skehan Spelling Variations


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Skehan Spelling Variations



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

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Skehan Early History


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Skehan Early History



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

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Skehan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skehan Early Notables (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 Skehan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skehan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Skehan (post 1700)



  • Theresa Skehan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944
  • Philip "Phil" Skehan (1894-1921), Australian rules footballer
  • Donal Skehan (b. 1986), Irish singer, television personality, food writer and chef
  • John Skehan (1922-1992), Irish broadcaster on RTÉ, radio and television
  • Noel Skehan (b. 1945), Irish retired sportsperson from Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    11. ...

    The Skehan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skehan 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 16 September 2016 at 14:53.

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