The name Skudmore reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Skudmore 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 Skudmore family
The surname Skudmore 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 Skudmore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skudmore 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 Skudmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skudmore Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Skudmore family name include Scudamore, Scudmore and others.
Early Notables of the Skudmore 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 Skudmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skudmore family to Ireland
Some of the Skudmore family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Skudmore family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Skudmore family to immigrate North America: John Scudamore who settled in Virginia in 1654.
The Skudmore 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.