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Where did the English Cash family come from? What is the English Cash family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cash family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cash family history?

The many generations and branches of the Cash family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a maker of boxes or chests. The surname Cash is derived from the Old French word casse, which means case. Thus, Cash is a metonymic type of occupational surname; it is derived from the principal object associated with the occupation, which in this case was the product produced.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cash were recorded, including Cash, Cass, Cashe and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cash research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1665, 1661 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Cash History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cash Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cash family emigrate to North America:

Cash Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Cash who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1667, married and had William and John and five daughters
  • Richard Cash, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • John Cash settled in Maryland in 1684

Cash Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Cash, aged 24, landed in Key West, Fla in 1843
  • Martin Cash, who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • W Cash, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • Henry Cash, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

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  • Johnny Cash (1932-2003), American country and rock music singer and songwriter
  • Jim Cash (1941-2000), American screenwriter
  • Rosalind Cash (1938-1995), American singer and actress
  • Craig Cash (b. 1960), English comedy writer and performer
  • Sir Gerald Cash GCMG, GCVO, OBE (1917-2003), second Governor General of the Bahamas (1979-1988)
  • Patrick Hart "Pat" Cash (b. 1965), retired Australian professional tennis player and winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon in 1987
  • Martin Cash (1810-1877), Irish/Australian convict bushranger


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  • Cash and Buffington: Being the Family of Reuben Cash (son of Howard) and His Wife, Elizabeth Buffington by Ben LeGrande Cash.
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The Cash Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cash 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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