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The MacAskill family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name MacAskill is derived from an ancient Norse warrior name Askell, which means cauldron of the Gods and denoted son of Asgaill.

MacAskill Early Origins



The surname MacAskill was first found in living on the Islands of Skye and of Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Ledhas), 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. On Skye, ancestors of the MacAskill Clan occupied the district of "Rubha an Dunain, " where the ruins of the family residence may seen to this day.

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MacAskill Spelling Variations


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MacAskill Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents MacAskill has been spelled MacAskill, MacAskill, Gaskell, Gaskill, MacGaskill, MacKaskil, MacKaskill and many more.

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MacAskill Early History


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MacAskill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAskill research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1795 is included under the topic Early MacAskill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacAskill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacAskill Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacAskill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name MacAskill were among those contributors:

MacAskill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Kenneth MacAskill, who arrived in North Carolina in 1750
  • Kenneth MacAskill, who landed in North Carolina in 1750 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

MacAskill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Murdo MacAskill, Margaret MacAskill, Malcolm MacAskill, and John MacAskill, were recorded in Quebec, Canada in 1842-43

MacAskill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Murdo Macaskill, aged 28, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Donald Macaskill, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • James Macaskill, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Malcolm Macaskill, aged 50, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Angus Macaskill, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacAskill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Allen MacAskill, who landed in Thames, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Lachlan MacAskill, who landed in Thames, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacAskill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacAskill (post 1700)



  • Daniel "Danny" MacAskill (b. 1985), Scottish trials cyclist
  • Kenneth "Kenny" Wright MacAskill (b. 1958), Scottish National Party member of the Scottish Parliament, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (2007-2014)
  • Ishbel MacAskill (1941-2011), Scottish "Gaelic" singer and her husband Bill MacAskill, author of "A Short History of the MacAskills"
  • Klara MacAskill (b. 1964), Hungarian-born, Canadian bronze medalist sprint kayaker at the 1994 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
  • Dianne Macaskill, New Zealand Chief Executive and Chief Archivist of Archives New Zealand (2001-2009)
  • Angus Mr MacAskill (1825-1863), known as Giant MacAskill or Black Angus, Scottish-born Canadian giant who held the 1981 Guinness Book of World Record height of (7 ft 9 in, or 2.36 m)

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Motto


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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: Spea
Motto Translation: By hope.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  6. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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The MacAskill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacAskill 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.

This page was last modified on 11 April 2017 at 18:44.

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