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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McCaskey family were born. Their name comes from an ancient Norse warrior name Askell, which means cauldron of the Gods and denoted son of Asgaill.

McCaskey Early Origins



The surname McCaskey 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 McCaskey Clan occupied the district of "Rubha an Dunain, " where the ruins of the family residence may seen to this day.

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McCaskey Spelling Variations


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McCaskey Spelling Variations



Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McCaskey has been spelled MacAskill, MacAskill, Gaskell, Gaskill, MacGaskill, MacKaskil, MacKaskill and many more.

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McCaskey Early History


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McCaskey Early History



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

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McCaskey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCaskey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCaskey 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



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McCaskeys to arrive on North American shores:

McCaskey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard McCaskey, who arrived in America in 1812

McCaskey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary McCaskey, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • Biddy McCaskey, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • John McCaskey, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • George McCaskey, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • Eliza McCaskey, aged 9, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCaskey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCaskey (post 1700)



  • John Gruard McCaskey (1874-1924), American oil businessman and philanthropist, "the Sauerkraut King"
  • John Piersol McCaskey (1837-1934), American politician, 23rd Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 1907 to 1911
  • Evan McCaskey (d. 1989), American guitarist
  • George McCaskey, current chairman of the Chicago Bears
  • Virginia Halas McCaskey (b. 1923), American owner of the Chicago Bears
  • Michael McCaskey, former Chairman of the Chicago Bears in the National Football League

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    11. ...

    The McCaskey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCaskey 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 14 August 2016 at 21:58.

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