When the ancestors of the Skydamore family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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 Skydamore family
The surname Skydamore 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 Skydamore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skydamore 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 Skydamore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skydamore Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Skydamore has been recorded under many different variations, including Scudamore, Scudmore and others.
Early Notables of the Skydamore 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 Skydamore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skydamore family to Ireland
Some of the Skydamore family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Skydamore family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Skydamores were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: John Scudamore who settled in Virginia in 1654.
The Skydamore 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.