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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.

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The surname Skinner was first found in Lincolnshire, England, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skinner research. Another 427 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1070, 1700, 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.

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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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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 settled in Virginia in 1621
  • Nicholas Skinner, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Skinner settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Anth Skinner, who landed in Virginia in 1635
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Skinner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jona Skinner, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Lewis Skinner, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Jos Skinner, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • Samuel Skinner, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • William Skinner, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1718
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Skinner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William S Skinner, who landed in America in 1804
  • John Skinner, who landed in America in 1807
  • Alexander Skinner, who arrived in New York in 1811
  • Helen Skinner, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • Margaret Skinner, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1834
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Skinner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Skinner settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1706
  • Mr. Benjamin Skinner U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Benjamin Skinner Sr., U.E. who settled in Stamford [Niagara Falls], Ontario c. 1784 who died before c. 1825
  • Mr. Haggai Skinner U.E. who settled in Stamford [Niagara Falls], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Haggai Skinner U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Skinner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Abiram Skinner, who landed in Canada in 1830

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
  • Dennis Skinner, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • George Skinner, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Skinner, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Skinner arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
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Skinner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Skinner landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Skinner arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Thomas Skinner, aged 19, a brickmaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • David Skinner arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
  • Samuel Skinner arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
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  • Harry Skinner (1855-1929), American politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina, brother of Thomas Gregory Skinner
  • Thomas Gregory Skinner (1842-1907), American politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina
  • 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
  • Constance Lindsay Skinner (1879-1939), Canadian-born American author and historian
  • Samuel Knox Skinner (b. 1938), White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush
  • Carlton S. Skinner (1913-2004), first civilian governor of Guam (1949-1953)
  • Frank Skinner (1897-1968), American composer and arranger
  • Cornelia Otis Skinner (1901-1979), American actress and author
  • Sir Thomas "Tom" Edward Skinner KBE KStJ (1909-1991), New Zealand politician and trade union leader
  • Major Thomas Skinner CMB (1804-1877), British road builder in British Ceylon, Surveyor General, Commissioner of Highways
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Skinner Historic Events



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  • Mr. G Skinner, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Skinner, British Sergeant Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was later killed in action in 1942
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  • Descendants of Richard Alexander Skinner of Lousoun County, Virginia by Lester Granville Holcombe.
  • The Tishomingo County Connection by Esther Welch Adams.
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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.

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    Other References

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    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Skinner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skinner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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