The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the Kissack family. The root of their name is the personal name Isaac.
The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Isaac
or Mac Iosaig,
both of which mean son of Isaac.
Early Origins of the Kissack family
The surname Kissack was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Kissack family
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Kissack Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Kissack has appeared in various documents spelled MacIsaac, MacIsaack and others.
Early Notables of the Kissack family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kissack family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kissack or a variant listed above: Murdoch McIsaac who settled in New England
in 1685; Malcolm MacIsaac settled in New York in 1775. In Newfoundland Dougal MacIsaac settled in Sandy Point in 1870.