Origins Available: Irish
In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the McCaskey family were born. Their name comes from an ancient Norse warrior name Askell, which means cauldron of the Gods
and denoted son of Asgaill.
Early Origins of the McCaskey family
The surname McCaskey 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 McCaskey Clan
occupied the district of "Rubha an Dunain, " where the ruins of the family residence may seen to this day.
Early History of the McCaskey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCaskey research.Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1795 is included under the topic Early McCaskey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCaskey Spelling Variations
are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland
. McCaskey has been spelled MacAskill, MacAskill, Gaskell, Gaskill, MacGaskill, MacKaskil, MacKaskill and many more.
Early Notables of the McCaskey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCaskey family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to England
re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McCaskeys to arrive on North American shores:
McCaskey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Richard McCaskey, who arrived in America in 1812 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)
McCaskey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary McCaskey, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
- Biddy McCaskey, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
- John McCaskey, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
- George McCaskey, aged 11, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
- Eliza McCaskey, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
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Contemporary Notables of the name McCaskey (post 1700)
- John Gruard McCaskey (1874-1924), American oil businessman and philanthropist, "the Sauerkraut King"
- John Piersol McCaskey (1837-1934), American politician, 23rd Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 1907 to 1911
- Evan McCaskey (d. 1989), American guitarist
- George McCaskey, current chairman of the Chicago Bears
- Virginia Halas McCaskey (b. 1923), American owner of the Chicago Bears
- Michael McCaskey, former Chairman of the Chicago Bears in the National Football League
The McCaskey 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.