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Early Origins of the Skelhorn family

The surname Skelhorn was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Skeleron in Rimington. [1]

Rimington, a large village in the West Riding was held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by William, Lord Percy, perhaps the most powerful Norman Baron of the Northland. At that time, the village was known as Renitone, but by 1182, it was known as Rimingtona. [2] Conjecturally, the Skelhorns are descended from either a son, nephew or other close relative of this Baron.

Early rolls proved the wide use of different spellings at the time: John Scalehome was listed in 1467 and Peter Skelhorne was later listed in 1574. [1]

Early History of the Skelhorn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skelhorn research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1459, 1467, 1574, 1845 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Skelhorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Skelhorn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Skelhorn, Skellern, Skellorn, Skillern, Skillen, Skillan, Skilland, Skellon, Skilling, Skillim and many more.

Early Notables of the Skelhorn family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • According to legend, William Skelhorn was a blacksmith of Mucklestone, Staffordshire who assisted in the escape of Queen Margaret of Anjou from the Battle of Blore Heath in 1459...
  • An anvil said to have belonged to Skelhorn stands in the Mucklstone churchyard to commemorate the event today...

Ireland Migration of the Skelhorn family to Ireland

Some of the Skelhorn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 94 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Skelhorn family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hugh Skillin settled in New York in 1833; Isaac and wife Nancy settled in Texas in 1835; Elizabeth Skellen and husband settled in Maryland in 1668.


Contemporary Notables of the name Skelhorn (post 1700) +

  • Sir Norman John Skelhorn KBE, QC (1909-1988), English barrister who was Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales from 1964 to 1977
  • Lisa Skelhorn, English Club Secretary for the Brentford Football Club, Brentford, West London
  • George Arthur Skelhorn (1888-1931), English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1910s and 1920s
  • Harold Skelhorn, British cinematographer, known for British Rail Journeys: Around the Lake District (1995)
  • Andy Skelhorn, British cinematographer, known for British Rail Journeys: Around the Lake District (1995)


  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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