The ancestors of the Balkaskey family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. They 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 Balkaskey family
The surname Balkaskey was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Balkaskey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balkaskey research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Balkaskey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balkaskey Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Balkaskey has been spelled Balcaskie, Balcasky, Balkasky, Balcaski and others.
Early Notables of the Balkaskey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balkaskey family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Balkaskey: Balcaskie of Carnbee.