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The ancient history of the Skipton name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the village of Skipton found in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Skipton is a habitation name which forms a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Skipton Early Origins



The surname Skipton was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where in the Domesday Survey in 1086 the village was shown as being the "King's Land." Skipton Castle was built by the Normans in the same year, but at the time of the War of the Roses, Skipton Castle was acquired by the Clffords.

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Skipton Spelling Variations


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Skipton Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Skipton include Scipton, Sciptone, Skipton, Skiptone and others.

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Skipton Early History


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Skipton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skipton research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1640 is included under the topic Early Skipton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Skipton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skipton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Skipton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Skipton In Ireland


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Skipton In Ireland



Some of the Skipton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Skipton or a variant listed above:

Skipton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Skipton, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Skipton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Valentine Skipton landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1842

Skipton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Skipton, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
  • Mary Skipton, aged 31, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
  • Louisa Skipton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skipton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Skipton (post 1700)



  • John A. Skipton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1964
  • Thomas Skipton, Artist

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Motto


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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: Pro patria
Motto Translation: For my country.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    The Skipton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skipton 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 November 2015 at 09:55.

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