Origin of the Name Skelton
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Skelton
include Skeleton and Skeltin. This is a locality name meaning 'of Skelton', from a village found in County Yorkshire. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Willemus de Skelton who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. A Thomas de Skelton was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document. A John Skelton, County Cumberland, was recorded in the University of Oxford in the year 1617 and a John Skelton and Prudence Summers were granted a marriage license in London in the year 1623.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name Skelton has been associated with County Dublin since the year 1403. A prominent family of the name located in County Leix had a home at Skeltonrath and thrived until their involvement with the Jacobite cause in the late seventeenth century. The name Skelton and its variants is also found in Ulster Province.
The Skelton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Skelton descendants.