The MacAskill family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides
islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland
. The name MacAskill is derived from an ancient Norse warrior name Askell, which means cauldron of the Gods
and denoted son of Asgaill.
Early Origins of the MacAskill family
The surname MacAskill was first found in living on the Islands of Skye
and of Lewis
(Scottish Gaelic: Leòdhas), 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. On Skye
, ancestors of the MacAskill Clan
occupied the district of "Rubha an Dunain, " where the ruins of the family residence may seen to this day.
Early History of the MacAskill family
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MacAskill Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents MacAskill has been spelled MacAskill, MacAskill, Gaskell, Gaskill, MacGaskill, MacKaskil, MacKaskill and many more.
Early Notables of the MacAskill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacAskill family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name MacAskill were among those contributors:
MacAskill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Kenneth MacAskill, who arrived in North Carolina in 1750
- Kenneth MacAskill, who landed in North Carolina in 1750 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
MacAskill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Murdo MacAskill, Margaret MacAskill, Malcolm MacAskill, and John MacAskill, were recorded in Quebec, Canada in 1842-43
MacAskill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Murdo Macaskill, aged 28, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
- Donald Macaskill, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
- James Macaskill, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
- Malcolm Macaskill, aged 50, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
- Angus Macaskill, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
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MacAskill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Allen MacAskill, who landed in Thames, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Lachlan MacAskill, who landed in Thames, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name MacAskill (post 1700)
- Ishbel MacAskill (1941-2011), Scottish Gaelic singer and her husband Bill MacAskill, author of "A Short History of the MacAskills"
- Daniel "Danny" MacAskill (b. 1985), Scottish trials cyclist
- Kenneth "Kenny" Wright MacAskill (b. 1958), Scottish National Party member of the Scottish Parliament, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (2007-2014)
- John Donald MacAskill (1907-1994), Canadian educator, politician and municipal official born in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Mayor of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from 1954 to 1958
- Klara MacAskill (b. 1964), Hungarian-born, Canadian bronze medalist sprint kayaker at the 1994 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
- Dianne Macaskill, New Zealand Chief Executive and Chief Archivist of Archives New Zealand (2001-2009)
- Angus Mòr MacAskill (1825-1863), known as Giant MacAskill or Black Angus, Scottish-born Canadian giant who held the 1981 Guinness Book of World Record height of (7 ft 9 in, or 2.36 m)
The MacAskill Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: By hope.