The name Skras is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the baptismal name for the son of Scraewa,
which was an ancient Anglo-Saxon personal name
. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Skras family
The surname Skras was first found in Sussex
where the family claim to have settled from Denmark before the Norman Conquest
. However, there is no record of the family name earlier than the 13th century. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another source claims that name is derived from the Anglo Saxon name Scraewa, which is also coincidentally the name of a mouse.
Early History of the Skras family
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Skras Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Skras include Scrace, Scrase, Scras, Scrayce and others.
Early Notables of the Skras family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Skras family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Scrase who settled in West New Jersey in 1664.
The Skras Motto
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: Volando reptilla sperno
Motto Translation: Flying myself I despise creeping things.