Skiddy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scotland's coastal mountains and Hebrides islands were known in ancient times as the kingdom of Dalriada. The name Skiddy evolved there as a nickname for a particularly skilled archer having derived its origin from the Old Norse word skyti, which means archer. The Gaelic form of the name was Scideadh.

Early Origins of the Skiddy family

The surname Skiddy was first found in the island of Skye, where they were a Norse\Gael Clan whose Gaelic name was spelled Scideadh. This distinguished family were "gallowglasses" (mercenary soldiers) who were invited by the Earls of Desmond in southern Ireland to be a part of his formidable army.

Early History of the Skiddy family

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Skiddy Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Skiddy has been spelled Skiddie, Skidie, Skidy, Skiddy, Skitty, Skittie and others.

Early Notables of the Skiddy family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Skiddy family to Ireland

Some of the Skiddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Skiddy migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Skiddy were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Skiddy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Skiddy, who arrived in New York in 1798 [1]
Skiddy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Skiddy, who landed in New York in 1850 [1]
  • William Skiddy, who arrived in New York in 1850 [1]

Australia Skiddy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Skiddy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Skiddy, (b. 1810), aged 22, Irish convict who was convicted in Ireland for 14 years, transported aboard the "City of Edinburgh II" on 18th March 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]


The Skiddy 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: Non inferiora secutus
Motto Translation: Not having followed mean pursuits.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 11th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/city-of-edinburgh)


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