Origins of surname
This surname is a locational surname from the north of England, found as Skelton and Skilton. It is derived from the names of villages situated in Cumberland and Yorkshire. The name derives from the Old English "scylf" meaning a shelf or dry area of land probably originally surrounded by water meadows or fens, and "tun", an enclosure or settlement.
The village names are first recorded in the 11th century when Scilton occurs in the 1086 Domesday Book for Yorkshire. Later the rolls known as the Yorkshire charters of 1160 give the place name as Sheltone, not far from its modern form. As a surname Skelton had emerged by the middle of the 12th Century.
The first Skelton in Jersey was Roger, who came from England, possibly as a soldier, before 1741, when he married Anne Le Brocq, daughter of Jean, at St Ouen. It was eight years before the first of their four children was baptised,
- Skilton, not found in Jersey
- Shelton is said to be a variant but there appears to be no connection between families in Jersey with the two names
- Skelton baptisms in Jersey
- Skelton marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Skelton marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Skelton burials in Jersey
Great War service
- William Godfray Skelton, 2nd Lieutenant, Canterbury Regiment, son of Jersey born William Edward Skelton
- Clarence George Skelton (St H), Private, Canadian Army
- George Arthur Skelton (St H), Private, Devon Regiment
These wills created by members of the Skelton family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Hilda Skelton née Filleul, 27 Cleveland Road, St Helier - 14 February 1947, D/Y/A/117
- Anne Skelton of Grouville, now of St Helier - 10 November 1868, D/Y/A/34
- Mary-Ann Skelton of St Lawrence, widow of Pierre Le Blancq - 13 January 1900, D/Y/A/59
- Sally Skelton of St Helier, widow of George Amy, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier 2s - 9 July 1873, D/Y/A/37
- Rachel Skelton, bequeaths to the poor of St Mary 2s 6d - 5 February 1876, D/Y/A/39
- Alice Skelton, Maranham House, St Lawrence - 1 July 1933, D/Y/A/94
- Philip Skelton, St Helier - 21 October 1937, D/Y/A/101
- John Skelton, St Lawrence - 18 March 1942, D/Y/A/109
- Peter Skelton, St Lawrence - 24 September 1904, D/Y/A/63
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