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.
Early Origins of the Skipton family
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.
Early History of the Skipton family
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Skipton Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Skipton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Skipton family to Ireland
Some of the Skipton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Skipton family to the New World and Oceana
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
Skipton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Skipton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Skipton (post 1700)
The Skipton 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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