The surname Taskay comes from the Middle English "taske" from the Latin "taxare" meaning "to appraise." Like most Latin based words in English, it was introduced by the Normans
. It came to be used as a surname to denote an appraiser, and later it came to mean one who performed a specific task, like threshing or reaping. Another source claims the word "tasker" was given to a labourer who received his wages in kind for a certain task and yet another claims the name was a trade name for a thrasher or a reaper. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Taskay family
The surname Taskay was first found in Essex
, where Taske appears in records of 1185. John le Tasker was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland
in 1279 and in the same year, Benedict le Taskur was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Taskay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Taskay research.Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1307, 1379, 1690, 1768, 1752 and 1753 are included under the topic Early Taskay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Taskay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Taskay are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Taskay include Taske, Tasker, Taskur, Task and others.
Early Notables of the Taskay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Taskay family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Taskay, or a variant listed above: Dinah Tasker, who immigrated to Barbados in 1659; Thomas Tasker, who was sent to a plantation in Virginia in 1668; Thomas Tasker and John Tasker, who settled in Maryland in 1673 and 1674.