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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 Ameri ca. 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

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, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Donald Macaskill, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • James Macaskill, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Malcolm Macaskill, aged 50, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Angus Macaskill, aged 26, a labourer, 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 landed in Thames, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Lachlan MacAskill 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



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

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