The laysk family name was first used by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. It is a name for someone who lived in the old lands of Leask, which were in the parish of Slains in Aberdeen; this place is now called Pitlurg. The surname laysk belongs to the category of habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the laysk family
The surname laysk was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where they held a family seat
. William de Laskereske was listed on the Ragman Rolls and rendered homage to King Edward I
in 1296. Following this early entry, William of Lask, dominus ejusdem, was granted a yearly gift of a pound of wax, from his land of Logy iuxta Elone, to the church of St. Mary of Ellon in 1380. A relative of his, Thomas de Lask or Laysk was a baillie (equivalent to a court bailiff) in the barony of Fyndon in 1390 and in 1391, he witnessed a charter by the Earl of Orkney
, Henry St. Clair. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the laysk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laysk research.Another 643 words (46 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1413, 1445, 1438, 1461, 1963, 1968, 1438 and 1445 are included under the topic Early laysk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
laysk Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, laysk has been spelled Leask, Laysk, Laisk, Lask, Lowsk, Lowask and others.
Early Notables of the laysk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the laysk family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name laysk: Theresa Lask who settled in Texas in 1845; Magda Laske settled in Texas in 1860; Susanne Lask settled in Texas in 1860.
The laysk Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute cresco
Motto Translation: I grow by virtue.