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This ancient and interesting surname is of Olde English and Norse-Viking origin. It is locational and derives from the village of Scackelton, seven miles from the market town of Helmsley, in the North Riding of Yorkshire. However almost all the early recordings are from the Halifax area of West Yorkshire, suggesting an 'emigration' took place in medieval times. The village name is from the Old Norse "skekill", meaning - a tongue of land and "tun", a settlement. Amongst the earliest recordings are those of Hugh de Shakeldene in the 1302 Subsidy Rolls of York, whilst Willelmus Shakelle appears in the 1379 Poll Tax Rolls of Yorkshire.

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