Early Origins of the Skillings family
The surname Skillings 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
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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 Skillings family
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Skillings Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Skelhorn, Skellern, Skellorn, Skillern, Skillen, Skillan, Skilland, Skellon, Skilling, Skillim and many more.
Early Notables of the Skillings family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Skillings family to Ireland
Some of the Skillings family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Skillings family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hugh Skillin settled in New York in 1833; Isaac and wife Nancy settled in Texas in 1835; Elizabeth Skellen and husband settled in Maryland in 1668.
Contemporary Notables of the name Skillings (post 1700)
- David Skillings, American lumber magnate; his Skillings Estate House is a historic house in Winchester, Massachusetts
- Muzz Skillings, American bassist, singer, guitarist and songwriter, the original bassist with the American rock band Living Colour
- Waldo McTavish Skillings (1906-1981), Canadian insurance agent and politician, MLA for Victoria City (1966-1972)