Skillen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Skillen family

The surname Skillen was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Skeleron in Rimington. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, Rimington, a large village in the west riding, was held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by William, Lord Percy, perhaps the most powerful Norman Baron of the Northland. Conjecturally, the Skelhorns are descended from either a son, nephew or other close relative of this Baron.

Early History of the Skillen family

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Skillen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Skelhorn, Skellern, Skellorn, Skillern, Skillen, Skillan, Skilland, Skellon, Skilling, Skillim and many more.

Early Notables of the Skillen family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Skillen family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skillen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Skillen, who landed in New York in 1833 [2]
  • Robert Skillen, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1887 [2]
  • Maggie Skillen, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1896
Skillen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Skillen, aged 26, who settled in America from Annalong, Ireland, in 1907
  • James Skillen, aged 20, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1908
  • Samuel Skillen, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Filkeel, Ireland, in 1909
  • Maggie Skillen, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • Robert Skillen, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Skillen 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:

Skillen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Skillen, (b. 1846), aged 23, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Siberia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st February 1870 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Skillen (post 1700) +

  • James W. Skillen, American Christian theologian and author
  • Charles E. Skillen, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1952, 1956, 1960; Indiana Democratic State Chair, 1955-58 [4]

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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