An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Ballcaskie. 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 Ballcaskie family
The surname Ballcaskie was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ballcaskie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballcaskie research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Ballcaskie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ballcaskie Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Ballcaskie include Balcaskie, Balcasky, Balkasky, Balcaski and others.
Early Notables of the Ballcaskie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballcaskie family to the New World and Oceana
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia
and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan
societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Ballcaskie: Balcaskie of Carnbee.