Show ContentsSkiff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Skiff family

The surname Skiff was first found in Leicestershire at Skeffington, a parish, in the union of Billesdon, hundred of East Goscote. 1 Dating back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Scifitone, the place name probably means "estate associated with a man called Sceaft," from the Old English personal name + "ing" + "tun." 2 The family is generally though to have been there since the year 1100 A.D.

Skeffington Hall is a Manor House originally constructed about 1450 and is now off the main street of the village of Skeffington, Leicestershire. It was extended c. 1530 and again in the mid 1600s. This was the birthplace of Sir William Skeffington (c. 1465-1535) Lord Deputy of Ireland and Thomas Skevington, Bishop of Bangor (died 1533.) The property was passed down to Sir William Farrell-Skeffington, 1st Baronet, (1742-1815), a British Army officer who sold the Hall to the Tailby family just before his death in 1815.

Early History of the Skiff family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skiff research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1465, 1508, 1509, 1515, 1521, 1533, 1535, 1660, 1695, 1714, 1739 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Skiff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Skiff Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Skeffington, Sheffington, Skiffington, Skefington and others.

Early Notables of the Skiff family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir William Skeffington (c.1465-1535), born in Skeffington, Leicestershire, High Sheriff of Leicestershire and Warwickshire for 1508, 1515 and 1521, Lord Deputy for Ireland (1535); John Skeffington, 2nd Viscount Massereene (died 1695); Clotworthy Skeffington, 3rd Viscount Massereene (1660-1714); and Clotworthy Skeffington, 4th Viscount Massereene (died 1739.) Sir Leonard Skevington, Lieutenant of the Tower of London, was the inventor of Scavenger's Daughter (or Skevington's Daughter), an instrument of torture in the...
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Ireland Migration of the Skiff family to Ireland

Some of the Skiff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Skiff migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skiff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Skiff, who landed in Massachusetts in 1637 3
Skiff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L S Skiff, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 3
  • J C Skiff, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Skiff (post 1700) +

  • Harvey J. Skiff, American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention 26th District, 1857 4
  • Francis S. Skiff, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canaan; Elected 1914 4

The Skiff 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: Per augusta ad augusta
Motto Translation: Through dangers to honor.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook