This unusual and interesting name is of medieval Scandinavian origin and is a topographical surname meaning "dweller by the hut", and deriving from the Old Norse word "skali", a hue, shed or temporary building. The earliest recording (see below) is found in Lincolnshire although there are only a few listed in that county, but later recordings are to be found in greater number in Cumberland. Both these counties were settled by the Scandinavians from as early as the 8th Century, and many place names and surnames originate from the Old Norse. Language amongst the early recordings in Lincolnshire is one, Thomas Scollick who married Margaret Caborne on January 30th 1622, at Tetney Lincolnshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Doritye Skollick, which was dated August 30 1590, Grainsby Lincolnshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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