Show ContentsSkipworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Skipworth family, who 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] Literally, the place name means "sheep farm, from the Old English words "scip" +"wic" [2] and was first listed as Schipewic in the Domesday Book of 1086. [3]

Early Origins of the Skipworth family

The surname Skipworth 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] "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]

Early History of the Skipworth family

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Skipworth Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Skipwith, Skipworth, Shipwith, Shipworth and others.

Early Notables of the Skipworth family (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 Henry Skipwith, 2nd Baronet of Prestwould (c. 1616-c. 1663); Sir Grey Skipwith, 3rd Baronet...
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Skipworth Ranking

In the United States, the name Skipworth is the 15,662nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Skipworth migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Skipworth or a variant listed above:

Skipworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Skipworth, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [6]
  • Samuel Skipworth, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [6]
Skipworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Master Skipworth, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [6]

Australia Skipworth migration to Australia +

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

Skipworth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Albert Thomas Skipworth, English black smith who was convicted in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 27th May 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1879 [7]
  • Augustus Frederick Skipworth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [8]
  • Maria Skipworth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [8]
  • John Skipworth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [8]
  • Joel Skipworth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [8]
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New Zealand Skipworth 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:

Skipworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Francis Robert Skipworth, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Prince of Wales

Contemporary Notables of the name Skipworth (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Alan Skipworth B.E.M., British Border Force Assistant Officer for Specialist Operations Command for Heathrow Airport at Home Office, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Border Security [9]

  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.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th March 2022). Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from
  9. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook