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The Skene 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.

Skene Early Origins



The surname Skene 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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Skene Spelling Variations


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Skene Spelling Variations



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

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Skene Early History


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Skene Early History



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

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Skene Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skene 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 Skene 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 were:

Skene Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Skene who settled in West New Jersey in 1664

Skene Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Skene, who was on record in Maryland in 1700
  • Robert Skene, who landed in Maryland in 1740
  • Thomas Skene, who arrived in South Carolina in 1760
  • David Skene, who came to New York in 1765

Skene Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene, who arrived in America in 1855

Skene Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Philip Skene U.E. from Skenesborough [Whitehall], New York, USA who returned to the United Kingdom c. 1780 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skene (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Skene (post 1700)



  • James W. Skene, American founder of Skene, an American automobile manufactured from 1900 to 1901
  • Charles Robertson "Robert" Skene (1914-1997), American polo player, member of the United States Polo Hall of Fame
  • George A. Skene, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Lapeer County, 1960
  • Danus George Moncrieff Skene (1944-2016), Scottish politician
  • William Forbes Skene (1809-1892), Scottish historian and antiquary
  • Felicia Skene (1821-1899), Scottish author, friend of Florence Nightingale
  • Alexander Skene (1837-1900), Scottish gynecologist who first described Skene's glands
  • Alan Skene (1932-2001), South African rugby footballer

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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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Skene Clan Badge


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Skene Clan Badge




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Skene Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Skene
Dier, Dieres, Dire, Dires, Dis, Dise, Dyar, Dyars, Dyas, Dyce, Dyer, Dyers, MacSgian, McSgian, Scanes, Sceand, Sceane, Sceant, Sceend, Sceene, Sceent, Sceind, Sceint, Sceynd, Sceyne, Skanes, Skean, Skeand, Skeane, Skeant, Skeen, Skeend, Skeene, Skeent, Skeind, Skeint, Skene, Skeynd, Skeyne, Skiand, Skiane, Skiant, Skiend, Skiene, Skient, Skin, Skiynd, Tyas and more.

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See Also


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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Skene Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skene 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 22 August 2016 at 10:29.

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