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Where did the English Skirvin family come from? What is the English Skirvin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Skirvin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Skirvin family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Skirving, Skirven, Skirvane, Skirvene, Skyrving and many more.

First found in East Lothian where they had been anciently seated in the parish of Haddington some say as early as the 12th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skirvin research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1513, 1667, and 1672 are included under the topic Early Skirvin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Skirvin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Skyrving who settled in South Carolina in 1714.

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  • Randy Skirvin, American musician, best known for his work the Iron Butterfly (1981-1982)
  • Woodrow Wilson Skirvin (1916-1961), American inventor, industrialist and aviator
  • William Balser Skirvin (1860-1944), American real estate developer and oil millionaire, founder of the Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City


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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: Fit inde firmoir
Motto Translation: Thence it becomes stronger.

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  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Skirvin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Skirvin 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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