The story of the Ballcasky family begins in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish clans. The Ballcasky 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 Ballcasky family
The surname Ballcasky was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Ballcasky family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ballcasky research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Ballcasky History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ballcasky Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Ballcasky has appeared Balcaskie, Balcasky, Balkasky, Balcaski and others.
Early Notables of the Ballcasky family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ballcasky family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Ballcasky name: Balcaskie of Carnbee.