Skydmore is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Skydmore 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 Skydmore family
The surname Skydmore 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 Skydmore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Skydmore 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 Skydmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Skydmore Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Skydmore include Scudamore, Scudmore and others.
Early Notables of the Skydmore 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 Skydmore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Skydmore family to Ireland
Some of the Skydmore family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Skydmore family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Skydmores to arrive on North American shores: John Scudamore who settled in Virginia in 1654.
The Skydmore 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.