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


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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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  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. 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.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. 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).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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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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