Kessick comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides
islands. The name comes from the personal name Isaac.
The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Isaac
or Mac Iosaig,
both of which mean son of Isaac.
Early Origins of the Kessick family
The surname Kessick was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Kessick family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kessick research.Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1685 is included under the topic Early Kessick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kessick Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Kessick has appeared as MacIsaac, MacIsaack and others.
Early Notables of the Kessick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kessick family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kessick or a variant listed above: Murdoch McIsaac who settled in New England
in 1685; Malcolm MacIsaac settled in New York in 1775. In Newfoundland Dougal MacIsaac settled in Sandy Point in 1870.