The annals of Scottish history reveal that Ballcaskey was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
. The Ballcaskey 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 Ballcaskey family
The surname Ballcaskey was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ballcaskey family
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Ballcaskey Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Ballcaskey has been spelled Balcaskie, Balcasky, Balkasky, Balcaski and others.
Early Notables of the Ballcaskey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballcaskey family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Ballcaskey: Balcaskie of Carnbee.