Skinner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Skinner family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Skinner is for a skinner. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old Norse word skinn, meaning hide, and indicates that the original bearer was employed in the trade of removing animal hides.[1]

As to underscore the significance of this trade name, "The Skinners' Company in London received their charter of incorporation so early as the first year of Edward II. " [2] Reader's note: King Edward II reigned from 1307 to 1327. Like many of these early entries, this would note that the registration occurred during the first year of King Edward's reign.

Early Origins of the Skinner family

The surname Skinner was first found in Lincolnshire, England, where Sir Robert Skynner, a Norman knight received from Duke William the lands of Bolinbroke, accompanied with the hand in marriage of the daughter of their former owner, Robert de Bolinbroke, of the Saxon race. In the year 1070 the issue of this relationship intermarried with many distinguished houses until the chief branch became extinct in the year 1700.

Later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Henry le Skyniar in Oxfordshire. [3] Kirby's Quest listed Robert le Skynnar in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) [4] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Sckynner; and Willelmus de Parlyngton, skynnar. [3] The latter listing referring to the trade.

Early History of the Skinner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skinner research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1721, 1807, 1746, 1788, 1744, 1816, 1411, 1596, 1587, 1596, 1623, 1667, 1596, 1587, 1596, 1629 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Skinner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Skinner Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Skinner have been found, including Skinner, Skynner, Skiner and others.

Early Notables of the Skinner family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Skinner (died c.1411), MP for Shrewsbury; Thomas Skinner (died 1596), master of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers and a London Alderman elected Sheriff in 1587 and Lord Mayor of...
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United States Skinner migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Skinner were among those contributors:

Skinner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Skinner who settled in Virginia in 1606
  • John Skinner, who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • Nicholas Skinner, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • Edward Skinner, who settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Anth Skinner, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [5]
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Skinner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jona Skinner, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Lewis Skinner, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [5]
  • Jos Skinner, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [5]
  • Samuel Skinner, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [5]
  • William Skinner, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1718 [5]
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Skinner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William S Skinner, who landed in America in 1804 [5]
  • John Skinner, who landed in America in 1807 [5]
  • Alexander Skinner, who arrived in New York in 1811 [5]
  • Helen Skinner, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834 [5]
  • Margaret Skinner, aged 8, who landed in New York, NY in 1834 [5]
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Canada Skinner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Skinner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Skinner, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1706 [6]
  • Mr. Benjamin Skinner U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. Benjamin Skinner Sr., U.E. who settled in Stamford [Niagara Falls], Ontario c. 1784 who died before c. 1825 [7]
  • Mr. Haggai Skinner U.E. who settled in Stamford [Niagara Falls], Ontario c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. Haggai Skinner U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]
Skinner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Abiram Skinner, who landed in Canada in 1830

Australia Skinner migration to Australia +

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

Skinner Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Richard Skinner, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 24th March 1787, sentenced for 7 years, transported Atlantic" on 27th March 1791 to New South Wales, Australia [8]
Skinner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Skinner, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Dennis Skinner, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [10]
  • George Skinner, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • John Skinner, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [12]
  • John Skinner, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [13]
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New Zealand Skinner 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:

Skinner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Skinner, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Skinner, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Mr. Thomas Skinner, (b. 1813), aged 28, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [14]
  • Thomas Skinner, aged 19, a brickmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mr. William Skinner, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harwood" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 4th November 1858 [15]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Skinner (post 1700) +

  • Burrhus Fredric "B.F." Skinner (1904-1990), celebrated American psychologist, probably best known for the Skinner's box, awarded the National Medal of Science in 1969
  • William I. Skinner, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1864 [16]
  • William Skinner, American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Royalton, 1888 [16]
  • William Skinner, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1856 [16]
  • Wallace Warren Skinner, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 19th District, 1961 [16]
  • W. W. Skinner, American politician, Mayor of Salem, Oregon, 1885-86 [16]
  • W. M. Skinner, American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 17th District, 1887-88 [16]
  • Thomson Joseph Skinner (1752-1809), American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1797-99, 1803-04 (3rd District 1797, at-large 1797-99, 1803-04); Massachusetts State Treasurer, 1806-08 [16]
  • Stephen G. Skinner, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2008; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 67th District [16]
  • Stephen D. Skinner, American politician, First Selectman of Woodstock, Connecticut, 1888 [16]
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HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. G Skinner, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Skinner, British Sergeant Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was later killed in action in 1942 [17]


The Skinner 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: Sanguis et vulnera
Motto Translation: Blood and wounds.


Suggested Readings for the name Skinner +

  • 549 Descendants of Richard Alexander Skinner of Lousoun County, Virginia by Lester Granville Holcombe, The Tishomingo County Connection by Esther Welch Adams.

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  13. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  16. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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