The Balkaskie family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan
of ancient Scotland
. The Balkaskie family 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 Balkaskie family
The surname Balkaskie was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Balkaskie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Balkaskie research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Balkaskie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Balkaskie Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Balkaskie include Balcaskie, Balcasky, Balkasky, Balcaski and others.
Early Notables of the Balkaskie family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Balkaskie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Balkaskie family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Balkaskie: Balcaskie of Carnbee.