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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 Skerritt 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 Skerritt originally took the form Scared, which is an abbreviation of Huscared. This in turn is a corruption of Huscarle which means house care.

Skerritt Early Origins



The surname Skerritt 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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Skerritt Spelling Variations


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Skerritt Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Skerritt, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Skerritt, Skerratt, Skerrett, Skerit, Skeret, Scared, Scarrett, Scarrutt and many more.

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Skerritt Early History


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Skerritt Early History



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

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Skerritt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skerritt 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 Skerritt 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



In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Skerritt:

Skerritt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Skerritt settled in Norfolk Virginia in 1822
  • Joseph Skerritt, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • Catharine, and Edward Skerritt and daughter Mary settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849

Skerritt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Skerritt, aged 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skerritt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Skerritt (post 1700)



  • Tom Skerritt (b. 1933), American actor, his most notable film appearances include M*A*S*H (1970), Alien (1979), Contact (1997) and Top Gun (1986)
  • Patrick Joseph Skerritt (1926-2001), Irish professional golfer

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Skerritt Historic Events


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Skerritt Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Leonard Paul Skerritt, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    2. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Skerritt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skerritt 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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