Skellern History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Skellern family

The surname Skellern was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Skeleron in Rimington. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, 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. Conjecturally, the Skelhorns are descended from either a son, nephew or other close relative of this Baron.

Early History of the Skellern family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skellern research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1459, 1467, and 1574 are included under the topic Early Skellern History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Skellern 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 Skellern family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skellern Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Skellern family to Ireland

Some of the Skellern 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 Skellern 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 Skellern (post 1700) +

  • Peter Skellern (1947-2017), English singer-songwriter and pianist


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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