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Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Caskey has been spelled Caskie, Caskey, Macaskey, MacCaskie, McAskie, McCaskie and many more.

First found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caskey research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1494, 1588, and 1688 are included under the topic Early Caskey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Caskey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Caskey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Caskey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Caskey, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Robert Caskey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • James, John, Margaret, Mary, Michael, Rebecca, Robert, Sally, Samuel and William Caskey, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1813 and 1864

Caskey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Matthew Caskey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • John Caskey, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
  • Sarah Caskey, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
  • Andrew Caskey, aged 39, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • Andrew Caskey, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"


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  • Wilburn Caskey (1921-1995), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Ashland, Kentucky, 1956-59, 1964-68
  • Wayne F. Caskey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 15th District, 1950
  • Robert C. Caskey, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Warren County, 1843-46
  • Kay Caskey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1996
  • J. Harmon Caskey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska Territory, 1920
  • Harold Caskey, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 31st District; Elected 1980; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1996
  • H. Caskey, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 3rd District, 1859-60
  • Craig Douglas Caskey (b. 1949), former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Alex Caskey (b. 1988), American soccer player
  • John Caskey, American archaeologist and educator

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  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
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The Caskey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Caskey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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