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The surname of SKEA was an Orcadian surname of local origin, from the lands of Skea in Deerness. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Magnus Sca was witness to the sale of a toft (a messuage with right of common) in Kirkwall in 1480. Bernard of Ska purchased a two mark land in Deldaill within Deirnes in 1505. Sir James Scay was chaplain in Orkney in the year 1523. John Skay in Deirnes was a member of an assize in Tankirnes in 1559 and Madie Skae of Tankirness is recorded in a deed dated 1597. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. The name was also recorded early in England, and Henry Skeath of Yorkshire, was recorded in 1273. Adam Skey of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Edward Skete, married Mary Lozeyer at St. Thomas The Apostle, London in 1631. The name has many variant spellings which include Skaye, Skay and Ska. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.

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