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Erskine (surname)

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Region of origin  Scotland
Clan affiliations  Clan Erskine
Related names  Arascain
Erskine (surname)

Erskine is a Scottish surname. The name is derived from a habitational name from a location (Erskine) on the southern bank of the River Clyde, near Glasgow. This place was first recorded in 1225 as Erskin. Early spellings of the place include: Yrskin (1227); Ireskin (1262); Harskin (1300), and Irschen (1300). The Scottish Gaelic form of the surname is Arascain. Legend dictates that the name was given by King Malcolm II to a man who killed the Danish General Enrique at the Battle of Murthill. He is said to have shown the bloody knife to king and said eris-skyne, meaning "upon the knife". The King, in honour of his valour, granted him the surname Eriskine.

List of people with the surname

  • Albert Russel Erskine (1871–1933), an American businessman who served as president of the Studebaker Corporation from 1915 to 1933
  • Carl Erskine (born 1926), former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1948 to 1959
  • Chris Erskine (born 1987), Scottish footballer
  • Ebenezer Erskine (1680–1754), Scottish minister whose actions led to the establishment of the Secession Church
  • Emmanuel Erskine (born 1937), Ghana army general and former commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization
  • Graves B. Erskine (1897–1973), U.S. Marine Corps general who led the 3rd Marine Division during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima
  • Henry Erskine (lawyer) (1746–1817), Scottish Whig politician and lawyer
  • Jacob Erskine (born 1989), English footballer
  • Joe Erskine (American boxer) (1930–2009), former welterweight boxer and long distance runner
  • Joe Erskine (Welsh boxer) (1934–1990), former British and British Empire heavyweight boxing champion
  • John Erskine (theologian) (1721–1803), Scottish theologian
  • John Erskine (disambiguation), several people
  • Kenneth Erskine (born 1963), British serial killer known as the "Stockwell Strangler" who murdered seven elderly people in and around London during a three-month period in 1986
  • Laurie York Erskine (1894–1976), American author and educatorfg
  • Peter Erskine (born 1954), American jazz drummer and composer
  • Ralph Erskine (preacher) (1685–1752), Scottish churchman
  • Ralph Erskine (architect) (1914–2005), London-born architect who lived and worked in Sweden for most of his life
  • Robert Erskine (1735–1780), map-maker to George Washington during the American Revolutionary War
  • Scott Erskine (born 1962), American serial killer sentenced to death for the murder of two California boys in 1993
  • Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine (1750–1823), British lawyer and politician
  • William Erskine (disambiguation), several people
  • References

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