Skudamore is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Skudamore family lived in the village of Fifield Scudamore or Upton Scudamore in Wiltshire
. This place-name may have been derived from the Old English word scitemor
which means one who lived at the moor.
Early Origins of the Skudamore family
The surname Skudamore was first found in Wiltshire
where the surname could have been derived from one of two villages: Fifield Scudamore; or Upton Scudamore. Fifield Scudamore, also known as Fifield Bavan is a very small village and former civil parish that dates back to 1264 when Peter de Scudamore was Lord of the Manor. It was later renamed in 1463 as Fiffehyde Beaufaunt when ownership had passed to the Beaufaunt family. The latter village Upton Skidamore, was often spelt Upton Skidmore and by John Sexton's map of Wiltshire
in 1610, it was listed simply as Upton. As far as the family records are concerned, this ancient Norman family held a family seat
at Upton Skidamore and at Norton near Warminster, Walter de Scudamore being lord of the former manor in the reign of Stephen. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Skudamore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skudamore research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1409, 1542, 1623, 1574, 1568, 1619, 1601, 1671, 1650, 1697, 1673, 1679, 1684, 1716, 1705 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Skudamore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skudamore Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Skudamore are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Skudamore include Scudamore, Scudmore and others.
Early Notables of the Skudamore family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Skydemore of Kentchurch, High Sheriff
in 1409; Sir John Scudamore, (1542-1623), listed in the Custos Rotulorum of Herefordshire
in 1574; Sir James Scudamore (also spelled Skidmore, Skidmur or Skidmuer) (1568-1619), a gentleman usher at the court of Queen Elizabeth... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Skudamore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skudamore family to Ireland
Some of the Skudamore family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Skudamore family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Skudamore, or a variant listed above: John Scudamore who settled in Virginia in 1654.
The Skudamore 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: Scuto amoris divini
Motto Translation: By the shield of God’s love.