In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the McCasland family were born. Their name comes from the Gaelic form of Absolom,
which means peace.
Historically this name can be found in The Bible,
as the name of the third son of King David, who was killed for rebellion against his father.
Early Origins of the McCasland family
The surname McCasland was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, 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 McCasland family
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McCasland 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
. McCasland has been spelled MacAuslan, MacAslan, MacAsland, MacAusland, MacAuslane, Mac Auslin, MacCauslan, MacCausland, MacCauseland and many more.
Early Notables of the McCasland family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McCasland family to Ireland
Some of the McCasland family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 172 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCasland family to the New World and Oceana
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 America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McCaslands to arrive on North American shores: James MacCausland settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Andrew MacCausland settled in Philadelphia in 1773; Conolly, James, John, Oliver, Susannah, and William MacCausland all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860..
Contemporary Notables of the name McCasland (post 1700)
- David McCasland, American writer and producer, known for Day of Discovery (1968) and Eric Liddell: Champion of Conviction (2007)
- Kyle McCasland, American stuntman, known for Django Unchained (2012)
- Pam McCasland, American actress, known for Bootleggers (1974)
- R.J. McCasland (b. 1970), American makeup artist, known for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015)
- John Michael McCasland, American musician, bassist for Dependency, an American Christian hardcore band
- T. Howard McCasland, American two-sport star, captain of the University of Oklahoma 1916 basketball team, eponym of the McCasland Field House, main campus in Norman, Oklahoma
- Grant McCasland (b. 1976), American college basketball head coach for North Texas of Conference USA
- Cameron McCasland (b. 1981), American Regional Emmy nominated film maker from Dallas, Texas
- Vernon McCasland (1896-1970), American football coach, the first head football coach for the Abilene Christian University Wildcats
The McCasland 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: Audaces juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.