Skiffington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Skiffington family

The surname Skiffington 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 Skiffington family

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

Skiffington Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Skiffington family (pre 1700)

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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Skiffington Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Skiffington is the 632nd most popular surname with an estimated 70 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Skiffington family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skiffington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Felix Daniel, James John, Michael, and Peter Skiffington, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1849

Canada Skiffington migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skiffington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Skiffington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Skiffington, who settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland and held joint possession of a fishing room in 1802 [4]
  • John Skiffington, who settled in Broad Cove, Newfoundland in 1825 [4]
  • James Skiffington in Newman's Cove, Newfoundland in 1871 [4]

New Zealand Skiffington migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Skiffington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Francis Skiffington, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Skiffington (post 1700) +

  • Thomas J. Skiffington, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912 [5]
  • John J. Skiffington Jr., American politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1976-77 [5]
  • James Skiffington (b. 1990), New Zealand professional squash player, ranked 231 worldwide
  • Ross Skiffington, New Zealand-born, Australian magician, actor, and theatre director

SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. Leonard Skiffington (b. 1914), Newfoundlander from Newman's Cove who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found

The Skiffington 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. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook