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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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  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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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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