Skidamore is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Skidamore family lived in the village of Fifield Scudamore or Upton Scudamore in Wiltshire
. This place-name may have been derived from the Old English word scitemor
which means one who lived at the moor.
Early Origins of the Skidamore family
The surname Skidamore was first found in Wiltshire
where the surname could have been derived from one of two villages: Fifield Scudamore; or Upton Scudamore. Fifield Scudamore, also known as Fifield Bavan is a very small village and former civil parish that dates back to 1264 when Peter de Scudamore was Lord of the Manor. It was later renamed in 1463 as Fiffehyde Beaufaunt when ownership had passed to the Beaufaunt family. The latter village Upton Skidamore, was often spelt Upton Skidmore and by John Sexton's map of Wiltshire
in 1610, it was listed simply as Upton. As far as the family records are concerned, this ancient Norman family held a family seat
at Upton Skidamore and at Norton near Warminster, Walter de Scudamore being lord of the former manor in the reign of Stephen. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Skidamore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skidamore research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1409, 1542, 1623, 1574, 1568, 1619, 1601, 1671, 1650, 1697, 1673, 1679, 1684, 1716, 1705 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Skidamore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skidamore Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Scudamore, Scudmore and others.
Early Notables of the Skidamore family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Skydemore of Kentchurch, High Sheriff
in 1409; Sir John Scudamore, (1542-1623), listed in the Custos Rotulorum of Herefordshire
in 1574; Sir James Scudamore (also spelled Skidmore, Skidmur or Skidmuer) (1568-1619), a gentleman usher at the court of Queen Elizabeth... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skidamore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skidamore family to Ireland
Some of the Skidamore family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Skidamore family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Skidamore or a variant listed above: John Scudamore who settled in Virginia in 1654.
The Skidamore 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: Scuto amoris divini
Motto Translation: By the shield of God’s love.