On the western coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands the Kessock family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their 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 Kessock family
The surname Kessock 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 Kessock family
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Kessock Spelling Variations
In various documents Kessock has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacIsaac, MacIsaack and others.
Early Notables of the Kessock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kessock family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Kessock 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.