The surname Skinner is an English trade and business name of approximately the twelfth century when trade names like Brewer, Baker, Chandler and Smith came into existence as family names. Skinner is the name adopted as a dealer in skins, furs and hides. The Skinner Company of London received a charter of incorporation during the reign of Edward III and has a coat-of-arms which is discussed later from that period. The Skinner families are found all over England. The Skinner families are in Cowley and Devonshire in London and in Essex, Sussex, Dewlish, The Isle of Wight and other Counties as well.