The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Skrivens family name to the British Isles. Skrivens is a name for a writer to the court.
This name comes from the Old French word scriven,
which was the title of the person employed to keep official records of trials.
Early Origins of the Skrivens family
The surname Skrivens was first found in Scriven, a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire
. The township comprises about 1598 acres, and includes the villages of Scriven and Tentergate, which latter forms part of the town of Knaresborough. The place name was derived from The Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
entry Scrauing(h) which in turn was derived from the Old English expression "Hollow place with pits" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Skrivens family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skrivens research.Another 192 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1609, 1608, 1609, 1609, 1629 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Skrivens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skrivens Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Scriven, Scrivener, Scrivenor, Scrivner and others.
Early Notables of the Skrivens family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Matthew Scrivener (1580-1609), an English colonist in Virginia, Colonial Governor of Virginia (1608-1609.) Born in Suffolk
, England, he drowned at the age of 28 with eight other colonists, while attempting to... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skrivens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skrivens family to Ireland
Some of the Skrivens family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skrivens family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Skrivens or a variant listed above: Arthur Scriven settled in Virginia in 1663; John Scriven settled in Barbados in 1665; Nathanial Scriven settled in Nevis in 1663; Robert Scriven settled in Virginia in 1635.