Balkasky History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Balkasky is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Balkasky 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 Balkasky family
The surname Balkasky was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Balkasky family
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Balkasky Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Balkasky has been spelled Balcaskie, Balcasky, Balkasky, Balcaski and others.
Early Notables of the Balkasky family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Balkasky family
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Balkasky: Balcaskie of Carnbee.