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Both the Anglo-Norman invaders and the Irish had their own methodologies and customs for surnames. The Irish, in particular, had a system of hereditary surnames. Although the name Skerrett is a form of the hereditary name, it is an occupational surname, a form more common to the Anglo- Normans. Occupational surnames were derived from a word describing the actual job done by the name bearer. Early Strongbownians often used the French prefix le, meaning the, but the convention quickly disappeared in Ireland. The surname came from a common occupational name for a house keeper or butler. The surname Skerrett originally took the form Scared, which is an abbreviation of Huscared. This in turn is a corruption of Huscarle which means house care.

Skerrett Early Origins



The surname Skerrett was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Alfred le Breton, who was granted the lands by William the Conqueror, and was Lord of the manor of Petertavy in Devon.

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Skerrett Spelling Variations


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Skerrett Spelling Variations



During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Skerritt, Skerratt, Skerrett, Skerit, Skeret, Scared, Scarrett, Scarrutt and many more.

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Skerrett Early History


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Skerrett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skerrett research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1378, 1414, 1642, 1378, 1414, 1415, 1417, 1418, 1491, 1492, 1531, 1532, 1556, 1557, 1594, 1595, 1605, 1606, 1583, 1580, 1583, 1513, 1532, 1620, 1688, 1491, 1492, 1583, 1580 and 1583 are included under the topic Early Skerrett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Skerrett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skerrett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Richard Scared, Provost of Galway in 1378; Walter Skerrett, Provost of Galway (1414-1415) and (1417-1418); John Skerrett, 7th Mayor of Galway (1491-1492); James Skerrett, Mayor of Galway (1531-1532); William Skerrett, Mayor of Galway (1556-1557); Roland Skerrett, Mayor of Galway (1594-1595); John Skerrett...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skerrett 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



Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Skerrett:

Skerrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Skerrett landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856

Skerrett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter Skerrett, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Margaret Skerrett, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Sarah Skerrett, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Mary Skerrett, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Julia Skerrett, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skerrett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Skerrett (post 1700)



  • Joseph T. Skerrett (1943-2015), American literary critic and professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Rear Admiral Joseph Salathiel Skerrett (1833-1897), American officer in the United States Navy, participant in the African Slave Trade Patrol, known as the best navigator in the U.S. Navy
  • Mark N. Skerrett, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eighteenth Worcester District, 1905; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916
  • The Most Reverend Michael Skerrett (d. 1785), Irish clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Killala in 1749, Archbishop of Tuam (1749-1785)
  • Trevor Skerrett (1953-1970), English former professional rugby league footballer of the 1970s and 1980s
  • Kelvin Skerrett (b. 1966), British former professional rugby league player
  • Sir Charles Skerrett KCMG, KC (1863-1929), India-born from Irish parents, 5th Chief Justice of New Zealand from 1926 to 1929

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    2. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    9. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Skerrett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skerrett 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.

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