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Skipwith is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Skipwith family lived in Yorkshire, at Skipwith, a village and civil parish about 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Selby. Skipwith Hall was built in the early 1700's and still survives today as "a handsome mansion." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Literally, the place name means "sheep farm, from the Old English words "scip" +"wic" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and was first listed as Schipewic in the Domesday Book of 1086. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


Skipwith Early Origins



The surname Skipwith was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Skipwith, where Robert of Estoteville, (sometimes called 'Stuteville',) the ancestor of the Skipwiths, Baron of Cottingham, was granted his lands by William, Duke of Normandy, after his Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. This family was one of the most distinguished in all Normandy and held the Castle at Ambrieres. They were very close both to King Henry, and his brother Duke Robert of Normandy. The Baron became Lord of the Manor of Skipwith. The first to assume the name Skipwith was Patrick de Skipwith, the second son of the Baron. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"Snore Hall [in the parish of Fordham in Norfolk], now a farmhouse, was the seat of the family of Skipwith, who entertained Charles I. on the night previous to his delivering himself to the Scottish army. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Skipwith Spelling Variations


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Skipwith Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Skipwith, Skipworth, Shipwith, Shipworth and others.

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Skipwith Early History


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Skipwith Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skipwith research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1867, 1348, 1547, 1529, 1539, 1586, 1547, 1658, 1616, 1663, 1680, 1670, 1730, 1677, 1676, 1728, 1620, 1694, 1620, 1694, 1652 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Skipwith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Skipwith Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Skipwith Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Skipwith (fl.1348), Member of Parliament for York; William Skipwith (died 1547), Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire in 1529 and 1539; William Skipwith (died 1586), Member of Parliament for Lincolnshire in 1547; Sir Henry Skipwith, 1st Baronet of Prestwould (d. c. 1658); Sir...

Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skipwith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Skipwith or a variant listed above:

Skipwith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sir Grey Skipwith, who landed in Virginia in 1672

Skipwith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Skipwith, great grandson of Sir William Skipwith who settled in Virginia in 1789

Skipwith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. A. Skipwith, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1897

Skipwith Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. F. G. Skipwith, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Greg. Skipwith, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Edward Skipwith, aged 31, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Bertha Sylvia Skipwith, aged 42, who landed in America from London, England, in 1920
  • Berta Silvia Skipwith, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States from Bedford, England, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Skipwith (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Skipwith (post 1700)



  • Fulwar Skipwith (1765-1839), American diplomat and politician, instrumental in negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, president of the Republic of West Florida in 1810
  • Sir Francis Skipwith (1705-1778), 3rd Baronet of Newbold Hall, English peer
  • Sir William Skipwith (1703-1764), 6th Baronet of Prestwould, English peer
  • Sir Grey Skipwith (1700-1750), 5th Baronet of Prestwould, English peer
  • Sir Thomas George Skipwith (1735-1790), 4th Baronet
  • Sir Thomas George Skipwith (1803-1863), 9th Baronet
  • Sir Patrick Skipwith, Marine Geologist

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Skipwith Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Grey Skipwith, British Lieutenant Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

The Skipwith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skipwith 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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