Bankheid is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Ayrshire
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Bankheid family
The surname Bankheid was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bankheid family
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Bankheid Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Bankheid has been spelled Bankhead, Bankheid and others.
Early Notables of the Bankheid family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bankheid family to the New World and Oceana
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence
caused those who remained loyal to England
to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan
societies. Among them: James Bankhead who settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; Thomas Bankhead settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1847; James Bankheed settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767..