The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Skrayce 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 Skrayce family
The surname Skrayce 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 Skrayce family
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Skrayce Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Skrayce family name include Scrace, Scrase, Scras, Scrayce and others.
Early Notables of the Skrayce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Skrayce family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Skrayce surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Scrase who settled in West New Jersey in 1664.
The Skrayce 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.