McGaskill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McGaskill is derived from an ancient Norse warrior name Askell, which means cauldron of the Gods and denoted son of Asgaill.

Early Origins of the McGaskill family

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

Early History of the McGaskill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGaskill research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1863 and 1795 are included under the topic Early McGaskill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGaskill Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McGaskill include MacAskill, MacAskill, Gaskell, Gaskill, MacGaskill, MacKaskil, MacKaskill and many more.

Early Notables of the McGaskill family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the McGaskill family

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McGaskill were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Kenneth MacAskill, who arrived in North Carolina in 1750.



The McGaskill 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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