The Balcaskay family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. It is a name for someone who lived on the lands of Balcaskie in the parish of Carnbee in Fife
. The name is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Balcaskay family
The surname Balcaskay was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Balcaskay family
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Balcaskay Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, Balcaskay has been spelled Balcaskie, Balcasky, Balkasky, Balcaski and others.
Early Notables of the Balcaskay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balcaskay family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Balcaskay: Balcaskie of Carnbee.